He’s a veteran Game Designer that is well known by Train2Game forum users, and now he’s set to receive the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship Award. Peter Molyneux will be presented with the prize at the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards.
The Academy Fellowship is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image. Last year the fellowship for the video games industry was awarded to Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto.
It’s set to be a good year for Peter Molyneux, with the legendary Games Designer also set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards.
On being invited to receive the Fellowship, Peter Molyneux said:
“I remember back in 1967 watching the first BAFTA awards on television with my family and seeing them being so excited about those accolades.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think it would be possible for me to accept one of the greatest honours the entertainment industry has to offer.
My first thought on learning that I was awarded an Academy Fellowship was that to be in the company of some of the greatest talents the entertainment industry has ever seen is truly humbling and secondly that this is an award not just for myself, but for all the people I’ve ever worked with”.
Molyneux is the latest in a prestigious line of Fellowship award winners, which includes Will Wright and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell. Train2Game students may dream of following in their footsteps in the future.
Train2Game blog readers will know Molyneux not only as the man to arguably created the ‘God Genre’ with Populous, but is also the brains behind titles including Theme Park, Dungeon Keeper and the Fable series.
The GAME British Academy Video Games Awards will take place on Wednesday 16 March at the London Hilton on Park Lane, and Train2Game students can find out how to vote for their favourite to win the GAME Award of 2010 here.
So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Peter Molyneux being awarded a BAFTA Fellowship? Do you believe it’s good for the future of the games industry as a whole? And have you voted for your GAME Award of 2010 preference yet?
Train2Game, in association with DR Studios and the University of Bedfordshire, will be holding a Game Jam at the end of March. For more information, see the official Train2Game Game Jam website or the Train2Game Game Jam Facebook page. Alternatively, keep an eye on the Train2Game Game Jam Twitter account.