Conley writes: For those just tuning in: there’s this guy named Roger Ebert. He reviews movies. In 2005 he answered a reader’s question about video games, saying ‘for most gamers, video games represent a loss of those precious hours we have available to make ourselves more cultured, civilized and empathetic.’ The internet (or at least our section of it) exploded. In 2007, Clive Barker decided to argue with him, and he responded: ‘Art seeks to lead you to an inevitable conclusion, not a smorgasbord of choices.’ Then this year, in response to a TED talk, he wrote an article bluntly titled ‘Video games can never be art.’ Two and a half months later, he wrote an apology — of sorts — titled ‘Okay, kids, play on my lawn,’ probably in response to everyone dismissing him as an old coot who had passed his relevancy.
I think this is all missing the point, though. Roger Ebert, though surely ignorant of it, is trolling the crap out of the internet.