5 Extreme Video Game Controversies From The Past

Yes, let’s ban the game that teaches kids about math, reading, and how to change a long term strategy in light of new information. They’ll never use those skills. Much better if they watch *checks notes* Saving Private Ryan for the 3rd time. 

Roger Ebert: Video Games Can Never Be Art



Not art? Clearly he never played ‘Ghost of Tsushima’.

Quite possibly the world’s most famous movie reviewer also has the absolute worst take on video games saying that “video games can never be art.” He really went there. The famed film critic said, “No one in or out of the field has ever been able to cite a game worthy of comparison with the great poets, filmmakers, novelists and poets.” Ebert passed before Red Dead Redemption 2 was released, so he never got to experience the heartbreaking art which was that game. I grieve for you Lenny. Now, and always.

Ebert also wrote about an “…immersive game without points or rules, but I would say then it ceases to be a game and becomes a representation of a story”. But doesn’t all art have rules? Don’t scream during a symphony, don’t spit on the Mona Lisa, don’t throw marbles on stage during a Cirque du Soleil performance. 

The gaming industry has enough gatekeeping as it is without folks diving back into the age old debate about what constitutes art. His argument cites the interactivity and competitive nature of games as detractors. Video games are just a new art form, using interactivity to heighten emotional investment and the impact of storytelling. 

If you’d like more terrible takes, here are 5 more mind blowingly stupid gaming controversies.

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