Miyamoto Wins BAFTA

Plenty of less-honourable internet sources have broken this embargo. Which is a bit annoying considering we had the news yesterday afternoon and chose to stick by the rules imposed by the PR agency releasing this information.

No matter, the important thing is that the BAFTAs are rewarding the legendary creator of the Mario Bros with a Fellowship this year. Shigeru Miyamoto is often seen as the originator of modern video games and the creative force behind many of the most enduring Nintendo properties. On being invited to recieve the Fellowship Miyamoto said:

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I am very grateful to be able to receive such an honourable award from the British Academy. Our video games cannot be created by one person; since Donkey Kong until the most recent New Super Mario Bros. Wii, I have been working closely with a number of friends for three decades in order to develop fun and enjoyable games. I would like to receive this honourable award on behalf of all of these dependable colleagues

The venerable Japanese designer joins the ranks of previous Fellows which includes such luminaries as Stanley Kubrick, Harold Pinter and Alfred Hitchcock. This is another step in the mainstream recognition of video games as an artistic medium which is on a par with cinema. The BAFTAs will be presented by Dara O’Briain on Friday 19th March and will be streamed live online at bafta.org.

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