Roger Ebert Was 'Absolutely Wrong' About Games, Says A Way Out Creator

From IGN - April 13, 2018
By Alex Osborn

Josef Fares, the filmmaker-turned-game-developer who created Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and the recently released A Way Out, weighed in on the "games are not art" debate, saying Roger Ebert was wrong about the medium not being a valid art form.

"Yes, he was absolutely wrong," Fares saidon the latest episode ofour monthly interview showIGN Unfiltered(see below for the full interview) when asked about the"video games can never be art"statement made by Ebert back in 2010. "Nothing personally against him, but that wasI do not even talk to people who say games are not art. It does not even make sense. It's so insanely stupid."

Fares went on to point out how there are different facets of game development, each with its own artistic element. "If you ask the question: 'If I draw you a painting here, would you consider that art?' I think most people would say, 'Yes.' Then my answer is that's like one small portion of making a game. I am thinking of the concept artists when they draw... that's just one small thing," he explained.

"You know there are some people that actually thinklike, you know when they say, 'Oh, this is computer-made.' Like, you think you take a computer and just write open world, blah, blah, [and press] enter?People think like that sometimes,"Fares continued.


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