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Peter Molyneux to receive GDCA's Lifetime Achievement Award

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Gaming icon Peter Molyneux has been selected receive a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 11th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA). Held in march, the event will honor Molyneux's 25 years in video game industry and will recognize, "the career and achievements of a developer who has made an indelible impact on the craft of game development and games as a whole."

Famous for advancing the “god game” genre, Molyneux's work in the industry stretches as far back as 1982 when he first began distributing his early creations via floppy disk to any and all that would try his games. In 1987, Molyneux joined Bullfrog Productions and helped develop classics such as Syndicate, Dungeon Keeper, Theme Park, and Populous. Keen on flying under his own flag, Molyneux struck out a decade later to form Lionhead Studios, wherein he continued to tinker with concept of omnipotence and morality in hit titles like Black and White and the Fable series.

In 2004, Molyneux was honored two-fold as an inductee into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame and  as a recipient of the Order of the British Empire. Two years later, Microsoft purchased Lionhead Studios and appointed him to his current position as MGS's European Creative Director.



"Peter is a remarkable asset to the games industry, and truly embodies everything that the Lifetime Achievement Award represents," said Meggan Scavio, GDC's event director. "We're proud to honor someone who has had such a profound impact on the industry, through his boundless enthusiasm and profound talent in creating games about choice and interactivity that the entire world loves to play."

Previous recipients of the GDC's Lifetime Achievement Award include industry titans such as John Carmack, co-founder of id Software; Hideo Kojima, the brains behind Metal Gear; Will Wright of Maxis and Sim City fame; and Shigeru Miyamoto, the oft-considered father of modern gaming.

The 2011 Annual Game Developers Award Ceremony will be hosted by Double Fine's Tim Schafer on March 2nd at the San Francisco Moscone Center.  It will also be streamed live online care of the event's sponsor, GameStop.

Jan 19, 2011 

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9 comments

  • RedOutlive10 - January 22, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    Truly funny. The only game with his name that was actually great to me was Dungeon Keeper. The Fable series surprise me with the sequels, because they aren't very good games at all.
  • NullG7 - January 21, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    I will be honest I loved B&W 1. If a new B&W game came out that fixed all of B&W 2's abhorrent mistakes, I would pay over a 100 U.S. Dollars for it. 200 if it utilized kinect's motion sensing technology, to take the power of a god in to your own hands... Literally... Like that will ever happen though.
  • NeelEvil - January 20, 2011 10:03 a.m.

    He deserves it anyway for inventing god games. I'm just going to pretend this award is for Populous & Syndicate.
  • SteampunkJim - January 20, 2011 2:55 a.m.

    Habitual liar is the exact term I would use. Over and over, he's whispered sweet lies in my ears before punching me in the balls, time and time again.
  • TheTygerfire - January 20, 2011 1:30 a.m.

    I know his games were still good at the end of the day, but... This man is a habitual liar and has almost never made good on any promises or expectations. Why is he being rewarded?
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 20, 2011 12:20 a.m.

    I've never played any of the Fables, although my friends say they're great. I've also never played any of the Mass Effects, but I'm pretty excited because I'm getting the first one this weekend. Figured I should, since Mass Effect 3 is coming out.
  • Markstone - January 20, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    Although his hype for the Fable series often inflated it beyond its actual capabilities, they were still solid fun games and its nice to see someone with so much enthusiasm and passion for the genre be recognized.
  • Manguy17 - January 20, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    clappidy clap, love his games despite the flaws, somehow when i see dev diaries and watch as he seems all excited and enthusiastic i end up feeling guilty when i dont have a good time playing fable or black and white.
  • sirpsychosexy - January 19, 2011 11:59 p.m.

    I wish I had a lifetime achievement award! or achievement... or a life... Just kidding I don't need any of those All things aside, this guy is a good man. I love the Fable series even though I hate fetch quests.

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