Robert Joseph Ebert, famed film critic, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer. He was one part of the critical duo with Gene Siskel. Ebert, served with distinction at the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 40 years, received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, and published many books.
When I was growing up, Siskel and Eberts’ ‘two thumbs up’ meant a movie was worth watching. After Siskel passed away, it was Ebert and Roeper. Though I enjoyed watching them late night to some degree, it never had the same charm. Most gamers know Ebert for his later years, especially with respect to the divide between video games and movies. I believe that Ebert saw video games as the rising challenger duking it out for supremacy with his beloved medium. However, even when he questioned the nature of video games and whether they’d ever truly become art, he always left room for advancement. While I disagree with his final judgment, I’ve never been to the Sistine Chapel, I’ve never seen any of the great masters up close; attempting to compare Mass Effect 3 to Starry Night then, would be facetious and make a joke of a most interesting question.