First, an article on the portrayal of Death and Violence in games. Sure we're used to seeing plenty of both in our games, but it hasn't all been an exercise in desensitizing ourselves. It's worth noting that certain games have portrayed death very seriously and emotionally.
Second, a somewhat longer article discussing the whole "Video Games / Art" thing in the wake of Ebert's follow-up argument. The debate itself might feel a little old to some of us, but Lincoln University's Grant Tavinor makes a strong argument for the artistic merit of video games. This article won't end the debate but, if you've been thinking about this issue a lot lately, you're definitely going to want to read this.