Ebert Concedes: "Games Aren't Art" Argument was Misinformed
After his staggeringly controversial argument that 'videogames can never be art' attracted an enormous (and largely constructive) backlash from the gaming community, Roger Ebert has been forced to completely rethink his position. Conceding that he spoke out without any real knowledge of videogames (or even a genuine definition of the word art), he's retracted his statement. Whilst his blog post makes for an interesting and unapologetic read, here are a few choice quotes for your delectation.
"I should not have written that entry without being more familiar with the actual experience of video games."
"I had to be prepared to agree that gamers can have an experience that, for them, is Art."
"Who was I to say video games didn't have the potential of becoming Art? Someday?"
"I was a fool for mentioning video games in the first place."
Yes, Roger. Yes you were. But we're not going to rub it in... after all, it took a blunderous douchebag big man to admit his mistakes. You suck. We admire that. [Roger Ebert's Blog]
Bioshock 2 To Receive Singleplayer DLC Next Month
2K has announced that Bioshock 2 will bre receiving its first singleplayer DLC on August 3rd. Entitled "Protector's Trials", these six new maps will force you to constantly guard little sisters against hordes of splicers as they suck out precious corpse juice. It's almost certain that this will be a standalone arena mode rather than an integrated part of the story... and actually, it sounds pretty horrible. Or a real hassle, at least.
Luckily, seven new achievements/trophies and a host of unlockables (including concept art etc) will sweeten the deal.
Metroid: Other M Dated for September
Team Ninja's take on the Metroid universe has seriously piqued the interest of many gamers, and triggered uncontrollable drooling and lust in many others. Nintendo's finally confirmed a September release window for Other M, though we'll have to wait for an exact date. Keep an eye on our new releases! [MCV]
Miyamoto: We Need New Game Characters Next Year!
Whilst Nintendo isn't short of a few classic franchises, their failure to genuinely innovate in terms of character design and new IPs has brought them under fire from many pundits, gamers and even their own shareholders. However,the transcript of a recent shareholders meeting suggests that this may soon be a thing of the past.
According to the Sankei Shinbun newspaper (translated via 1UP), Miyamoto was asked about his next game and replied:
"We need new game characters soon, maybe we can move forward on that next year."
So there. It's about time that Shigsy brought some new characters to the table- and there's definitely room in the Wii's release schedule for a few more quality IPs!
The exciting issue of releasing Nintendo software on the PS3 and Xbox 360 was also brought up in the shareholders meeting, but Shigsy stuck to his guns. Citing their long tradition of first-party exclusivity, he squashed any doubt that Mario, DK, Kirby and any new characters would stay firmly on Nintendo consoles. Sorry guys, it doesn't look like we'll be getting our HD Zelda just yet... [1UP]