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Video: Brian Moriarty's 'Apology for Roger Ebert'

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February 27, 2013 | By GDC Vault

February 27, 2013 | By GDC Vault
More: Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art, Design, Video

Beyond Zork and Loom creator and Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Brian Moriarty delivers a defense of Roger Ebert's industry-stirring sentiment that "video games can never be art," given in this newly free video lecture from GDC 2011 courtesy of the GDC Vault.

"This is an apology in the sense of a Greek apologia, the systematic defense of a position or opinion," explains Moriarty as he begins to share the context of Ebert's industry-stirring statements from 2005. The debates that followed had mostly subsided until a later TEDx lecture by Kellee Santiago, then co-founder and president of thatgamecompany, "Stop the Debate: Video Games are Art, So What's Next?"

Santiago had offered examples Waco Resurrection, Braid and Flower, all of which Ebert later dismissed in a critique with the infamous headline "Video games can never be art." Although Moriarty never says video games are art, he explains in this lecture ways in which they could be, who could make it so, and the concepts critical to understanding the debate.

Brian Moriarty's 'An Apology for Roger Ebert' can be viewed above and can be read here.

Session Name: An Apology for Roger Ebert

Speaker(s): Brian Moriarty

Company Name(s): Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Track / Format: Game Design

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