Roger Ebert, renown film reviewer, the first journalist to win a Pulitzer for movie criticism and, as he was known amongst my peers, the man who said â€œGames will never be artâ€, has died, aged 70. He was a brilliant writer. For anyone even slightly interested in getting to know him a little, I give you this, an essay from his book â€œLife Itself: A Memoir,â€ a beautiful read. [http://www.salon.com/2011/09/15/roger_ebert/](http://www.salon.com/2011/09/15/roger_ebert/) For those in my industry who donâ€™t know much on how he became the man who made such an inflaming comment,Â or anyone just looking for an excellent discourse on games and art,Â I highly recommend watching this talk from GDC 2011 by Brian Moriarty: [http://www.gdcvault.com/play/1014652/An-Apology-for-Roger](http://www.gdcvault.com/play/1014652/An-Apology-for-Roger) And finally, a wonderful quote from a developer on twitter: â€œGames are lucky to be young enough that we donâ€™t lose our elders as often as other fields. For a brief moment, we are almost invincible.â€ Roger Ebert openly admitted he never played games, he had too many â€œgreat films to watch and great books to readâ€. But he undoubtedly had anÂ impact on how many people saw our industry, made us stop and look at ourselves and our medium, and no doubt inspired some fascinating games purely in an attempt to prove him wrong. An influence like that earns him recognition as one of â€œour eldersâ€ as far as I am concerned. Enjoy your ride on the celestial locomotive Mr Ebert.