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 Jul 02, 2010 - 08:09 AM - by Michael
* Ebert Fesses Up

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Remember when Roger Ebert said video games "couldn't be" art? He now admits he was talking out his posterior.

See, he's never played one. Any game. At all.

Who was I to say video games didn't have the potential of becoming Art? Someday? There was no agreement among the thousands of posters about even one current game that was an unassailable masterpiece. Shadow of the Colossus came closest. I suppose that's the one I should begin with.

But many other games were also mentioned. If I didn't admire a game, I would be told I played the wrong one. Consider what happened when I responded to the urging of a reader and watched Kellee Santiago's TED talk. It would finally convince me, I was promised, of the art of video games. I watched it. But noooo. Readers told me I had viewed the wrong talk about the wrong games. Besides, arguing with a You Tube video was pointless if I had never played a game.
Sadly, Old Fogie Ebert still to this day refuses to play one. Which means he'll never get it. Then again, as anyone who's ever seen his terrible and off-base movie reviews should know, he doesn't get art in any form.

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