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Finding The Roger Ebert of Video Game Criticism

Roger Ebert is widely considered a master of movie criticism. The game industry is still looking for its version of him. Will we find him/her soon?

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NukaCola1170d ago

Adam Sessler. I dont always agree him but I always respect his opinions. He is a great writer and extremely smart. I never have seen anyone who uses philosophy and classic literature to explain his views on games. Its funny to see other talk to him and sit dumbfounded because he can compare a game to a Japanese poem no one has ever read but a few master degree holders and it all makes sense so perfectly.

cleft51170d ago (Edited 1170d ago )

In no way is Adam Sessler the Roger Ebert of gaming. Love or hate Roger Ebert he was a highly respected and credible person beyond just Movie entertainment. Adam is a personality that is liked, that doesn't put him on Ebert's level.

Sketchy_Galore1170d ago (Edited 1170d ago )

Roger Ebert wasn't quite as highly praised and respected as is being made out now he's dead. He was often criticised for writing movies off for completely ridiculous personal reasons. Look up his review of David Lynch's Blue velvet (because I'm too lazy to find a link) on YouTube. He completely writes the movie off because he didn't like the way Isabella Rossellini was treated on screen during it and felt it was misogynist filmmaking. Ignoring the fact that Isabella Rossellini is both a daring artist in her own right, an adult woman capable of making her own choices and was dating Lynch at the time (and for years after).

I think the fact that Roger Ebert was a man who had a genuine love of the medium he criticised and was capable of making incredibly entertaining, insightful critical pieces but could easily forget context and become a hypersensitive ass when something hit his personal buttons makes him closer to Sessler than anybody else in gaming.

TongkatAli1170d ago

Sessler is no Roger Ebert. I respect him, but no.

3-4-51170d ago

Sess is more accurate than Ebert, who by the way, was an overrated critic. He was legit, but maybe only the 20th best movie reviewer.

SilentNegotiator1170d ago

Roger Ebert was over-rated as can be. And now that he's dead, he is of course being deified.

Does anyone even remember the idiotic comments that he made about video games?

He's Adam Sessler level to me, and that's not because I respect Sessler...

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sovietsoldier1170d ago

Finding The Roger Ebert of Video Game Criticism

sorry but roger ebert was never very good that's why Oscar and him split because the two had major issues about each others criticism.

but if you had to pick one i would say Adam seller would be a top choice.

cleft51170d ago (Edited 1170d ago )

Gaming Journalists or critics, on a whole, aren't trusted or respected by the people who play games the most. Whereas movie critics opinions are taken seriously by people who are deeply into movies. Which is why no current gaming journalist or critic is on or near the level of Roger Ebert.

MaverickStar71170d ago

Interesting. I see that as an accurate assessment. I see junior movie bloggers and critics and even serious movie always looking up to and inspired by those more established critics. Take a look around the next and so many gamers have no respect for the more established in the industry. I feel like so many gamers in general, when it comes to any discussion believes themselves to be more knowledgeable than anyone else. In fairness, not all game journos and critics are not what would be considered true gamers and are only using their current position as a stepping stone.

SpiralTear1170d ago

There are many, many very intelligent figures in games criticism, but sadly, many of them are obscure and aren't exposed enough in the mainstream. Jane McGonigal wrote the game studies book "Reality is Broken" and Bernard Perron and Mark J.P. Wolf wrote both "The Video Game Theory Reader" books 1 and 2 (if you haven't read any of those yet, I definitely recommend picking them up).

If it came down to overall cultural influence, Adam Sessler for sure. Like Ebert, he's not only deep and analytic, but he has the public influence to make his message heard to many people. Ebert and Sessler both have a sense of expertise and charisma.

Then again, this isn't an easy question to answer. Maybe someone will step out of the shadows in the next few years...?

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