When Roger Ebert said that he doesn’t believe video games can be art, the Internet went into an uproar. Bloggers flipped. Message boards howled. And choice three, four, and five letter words
were tossed at Mr. Ebert, who probably never received said messages. And here I, an avid video game player/consumer since I was old enough to hold a controller, am writing an article for a video game magazine in which I defend Roger Ebert and his comments.

Let me be clear about something. Not once did Roger Ebert insult video games. He never said they couldn’t be entertaining or good. He simply said they couldn’t be art. He defended this by noting that while film and other mediums put the creator in control, a game’s natural tendency to give the player influence over how things unfold precludes it from fitting into the “art” category.

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