Why Roger Ebert Doesn't Like Video Games: He Became Obsessed With TMNT

It’s easy to understad Roger Ebert’s position that games aren’t art when you realize that he once became addicted to TMNT on the NES, arguably one of the hardest and, I believe, worst games on the platform.

In this video clip from the Siskel & Ebert 1989 gift guide, Ebert reported that he “started playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with it. And after a while, after a week of this, I’d find that every time I had a spare moment and every time I came home, I was in front of the set playing with these mutant turtles.” You see, for a week, Ebert was basically a 12-year-old boy.

Considering he probably hasn’t played many games since that lost week, I suspect his opinions on the medium are slightly distorted. However, he’s still a great movie reviewer, so lets let him rail against Dark Tower as much as he wants.

via Kotaku