I’m aware there’s webcomics that cater to certain audiences, so they can make references to that audience’s interests without having to give too long an explanation.
But is it normal for comic authors to reference stuff from years ago when it’s neither relevant nor fit for a joke of any sort? I wasn’t sure who Roger Ebert was, and the original comic strip had me thinking he used to defend video games, not make slightly offensive comments about them, which seems to have happened only once.
To summarize: Roger Ebert once said video games were not art a few years ago. According to the original strip comment, gamers still cling to this, and should let things go now that the man kicked the bucket.