Famed movie critic Roger Ebert took a severe reader bashing after saying that video games--whether they're on the PC or console--can never be a form of art. This opinion comes from a man who doesn't play games whatsoever, and admits that he doesn't have the desire to play them in the future. Because of his prejudice, he passed judgment and literally offended gamers and possibly even artists who pour their entire lives into the titles.
But after a thorough feedback lashing, Ebert retracted his "games aren't art" opinion. "I was a fool for mentioning video games in the first place," Ebert said. "I would never express an opinion on a movie I hadn't seen. Yet I declared as an axiom that video games can never be Art."
Ebert then added that he still felt that games couldn't be art, and that he should have never voiced his opinion on the matter. Ebert also admitted that he's had very little experience with the medium, playing a few titles like "Cosmology of Kyoto" and "Myst," the latter of which he lacked the patience to actually play.
When Ebert originally said that games could not in principle be art, his intention was to approach the argument on "purely theoretical grounds." He said that it was a foolish position to take on his part, realizing that one day games could actually be a form of art.
"There was no agreement among the thousands of posters about even one current game that was an unassailable masterpiece," he said.. "Shadow of the Colossus came closest. I suppose that's the one I should begin with."