Ebert demonstrates ‘irrelevance’ in critique

Film critic Roger Ebert, who delivered one of the greatest comeback lines to a critique in history, has become a sort of Vincent Gallo himself. Sure, he’s not sputtering in a drunken and schizophrenic manner, like Gallo did after “The Brown Bunny.” But if Ebert is going to say there’s no way video games can be considered an art, then he might as well be.

Ebert reaffirmed why he thinks video games aren’t art in a recent editorial. He reacted to a speech given by game developer Kellee Santiago, who gave a TED talk about what’s next in video game development. Her speech started out with the statement that video games are already art.

I could dissect Ebert’s illogical, doddering column, but I don’t have to. Santiago already did, and pointed out Ebert’s relevance to popular culture in this brilliant “hadouken”:

“It doesn’t seem that Ebert has played many, if any video games. And if that’s the case, then his opinion on the subject isn’t relevant anyways … It’s time to move on from any need to be validated by old media enthusiasts. It’s good for dinner-party discussion and entertaining as an intellectual exercise, but it’s just not a serious debate anymore.”

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2 thoughts on “Ebert demonstrates ‘irrelevance’ in critique

  1. johnnykaje says:

    I agree with Ebert on a lot of things, but he’s hopped up on goofballs in this case. I would argue that the most famous games of all time, like Pac-Man and Mario, are art simply by virtue of being such cultural touchstones (and graphically appealing besides).

    I may go play some Syberia, a point and click adventure game series that I easily see as a great work of art. Of course, Ebert would just shuffle the cups around and say, “Oh, well in that case it’s not a game, because it’s art and art can’t be a game…”

  2. johnnykaje says:

    Also this:

    “For example, I tend to think of art as usually the creation of one artist.”

    Interesting tendency for someone to have. Especially if that someone reviews movies for a living. Double especially if that someone is the most famous movie reviewer in the whole freaking world.

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