The French government has recognized industry legend Peter Molyneux for his contributions to the arts. The man behind Black & White, Fable and others was granted Knighthood in the Order of Arts and Letters
Peter Molyneux, head of Lionhead Studios (which was acquired by Microsoft in April 2006) and one of the true visionaries in the video game industry, has been honored by the French government, which has bestowed upon him the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Knighthood in the Order of Arts and Letters). The lauded game designer responsible for such games as Populous, Black & White and Fable was presented with his medallion on March 12 by Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, the French Minister for Culture, during a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture in Paris.
According to the Order of Arts and Letters, the award is meant to recognize “significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.” Recipients of the award need not be French citizens. Indeed, Molyneux is British, and he’s actually been honored similarly with an OBE in Britain as well.
“I am particularly glad to salute today a veritable visionary, who shows for every creation of his own how video games have their place in this stateroom,”
commented Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres.
Molyneux was quite humble in accepting the honor. He said, “I am extremely proud to have received this honor and would like to thank the French Ministry of Culture for this recognition. I would also like to say that I see this as a credit for everyone at Lionhead Studios, all our games are a team effort. I am just the figurehead. It is fantastic to see video games honored in this way.”
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