Ron Gilbert, creator of Monkey Island, responds to Roger Ebert on video games not being art

austinkleon:

Here is my challenge to Roger: Why is Monkey Island not art, yet, the Pirates of the Caribbean movie is art?

I will hold the story and characters of Monkey Island up to the Pirates of the Caribbean movie any day. The story in Monkey Island 1 and 2 is as deep and complex and interesting as that of Pirates of the Caribbean. The characters are as living and real and developed as you’ll find in any film, I’d even argue more so since you can have conversations with them and explore the nooks and crannies of their stories in a way a movie or book cannot.

Roger also mentions in his essay “Why are gamers so intensely concerned, anyway, that games be defined as art?” I would ask: why are you so concerned that they are not? You’re the one that keeps bring this up, not us.

Thx to @anorwood for the link!