Back in the day before Ebert passed away, he shook up the gaming industry and outraged plenty when he said that famous line "video games can never be art."
It rattled both members in the gaming industry and the consumers alike.
We challenged the views of Ebert at the time, saying video games CAN be art, and we brought forth the fresh release of Journey at the time as a prime answer: "YES, video games can be art."
Well fast-forward to today, and I feel like our attitudes have changed and the game Death Stranding in particular is a frustrating quarrel of "well, is this art worth it if it's not fun?"
I just want to bring up what Ebert said and I would like an update on how all our views have changed since then. Was Ebert right all along? Can video games truly be art? Is the question not whether or not they can be art, but if it's even worth our time?
How did you guys all react back then that remember Roger Ebert's language and how do you all stand on this topic today? Has your perspective changed or has it stayed the same?
If Roger Ebert was alive today to see a game like Death Stranding, how do you feel he would react?