Roger Ebert, Film Critic Who Challenged Gaming, Dies at 70
A young Roger Ebert pictured above.
After a long battle with cancer, film critic Roger Ebert died at the age of 70 today.
Mr. Ebert was a busy, prolific critic, whose work you’ve likely encountered in different media over the years. There was the 1990s TV show Siskel and Ebert at the Movies, which you’ve no doubt seen if you were alive and able to watch TV in the 1990s. Check out their review of The Terminator below.
Then there were Ebert’s written reviews, all of which you can read right over here. Full of knowledge, poignancy, but also an accessible, sometimes funny looseness, his written work was always a joy. For whatever reason, his review of Constantine sticks out to me.
And of course, there was Ebert’s essay in which he challenged the entire gaming medium, declaring that games could “never be art.” While few in the gaming press agreed, the fact that we all felt the need to respond is a testament the power of his critical voice. One that will surely be missed.
RIP, Mr. Ebert. See you at the movies.