World famous film critic and author Roger Ebert has done something rare — he’s apologized for his opinion. He recently came under fire for some statements he made about video games and whether or not they should be considered art. As you can imagine his outlook on the medium isn’t that great but after fanboys across the web caught wind of his negative attitude he quickly changed his tune. See what he had to say…
Here’s what Ebert originally wrote about video games not being art:
“One obvious difference between art and games is that you can win a game. It has rules, points, objectives, and an outcome. Santiago might cite an immersive game without points or rules, but I would say then it ceases to be a game and becomes a representation of a story, a novel, a play, dance, a film. Those are things you cannot win; you can only experience them.
I can see where he was coming from but games are so advanced these days with storylines and legit character development that I don’t think it’s fair to say that its competitiveness keeps it from being art. Not only that but the workmanship the graphic designers put into some of these games is mindblowing. Just look at the trailers for Tron Evolution and Star Wars The Old Republic. You can’t watch those and not see creativity.
After feeling the wrath of gamers everywhere Ebert went on to issue this statement:
‘I should not have written that entry without being more familiar with the actual experience of video games. … My error in the first place was to think I could make a convincing argument on purely theoretical grounds. What I was saying is that video games could not in principle be Art. That was a foolish position to take, particularly as it seemed to apply to the entire unseen future of games. This was pointed out to me maybe hundreds of times.’
What do you think about that? Does his apology sound sincere?
What are your views on video games? Was Ebert right?