Miyamoto, Spore receive Jim Henson awards

Jim Henson projects carried with them a distinctive spark of creativity, and each year the company that bears the Muppet creator's name honors the people and products that reflect that spark. This year, for the first time since the awards began in 2005, the Jim Henson Company has found honorees...

Jim Henson projects carried with them a distinctive spark of creativity, and each year the company that bears the Muppet creator's name honors the people and products that reflect that spark. This year, for the first time since the awards began in 2005, the Jim Henson Company has found honorees from the world of games.

The most prestigious of this year's awards, the Jim Henson Celebration Honor, has been bestowed upon Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto. Recognized by The Jim Henson Company as a person who "makes the world a better place by inspiring people to celebrate life," the Nintendo developer was honored not only for his stable of cherished creations such as Zelda and Donkey Kong, but also for his role in using games to promote greater health and well-being with the successful Wii Fit.

Another gaming entity, Electronic Arts' sprawling PC life sim Spore, received the Jim Henson Technology Honor. Tapped as a product that "demonstrates groundbreaking technology in a creative way," Spore lets gamers create their own species and follow them from their origins in the primordial soup through the advent of civilization and even into intergalactic travel.

This year's other recipients included "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" artist Shepard Fairey and the nonprofit Center for Puppetry Arts Distance Learning Center. Previous honorees have included Al Gore, Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Hayao Miyazaki, Wynton Marsalis, the Toyota Prius, The Gorillaz, and Google Earth.

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conqurer6493
conqurer6493

I fail to see why people feel the need to rant about how spore was such a letdown. In my opinion, it would be more realistic to rant about how gullible people are! The technical specifications of what was "originally planned" were beyond what we could reasonably expect for the rest of that year, much less within the release date. I think DRM was a far worse letdown than spore. As for Miyamoto, I don't really see why he didn't get this sooner, though I fail to see why Wii Fit was credited TOWARDS this award as opposed to against it. It's an application, a computer utility, if you will. NOT a grand advancement in gaming. Honestly, if they release spore expansion packs like they did with the sims, we should see what they promised and much more. Look at what they've done with G.A. already, and once the mod community kicks into gear, we'll have a lot to do. P.S. Even if you say spore should've given more after that, it still deserves it for the engine, and the potential said engine carries.

lucky711t
lucky711t

I don't understand why everybody is hating on Spore!! Yes it was a little dull and boring, but it allso was a game of firsts! It brought a whole new light to the gaming world, with its creative waY of life, to its GIANT 'world' you can explore all in one game! EA may be a little cheap and selfish, but it has produced the greatest and best selling PC franchise of all time, The Sims! The Sims is not only that, but it is also the 3rd most popular video game franchise of all time, behind Mario and Pokemon! The Sims 3 is coming in less then a month, and that game will surely top the charts again, just like its cousins, but it could very well become the most popular video game of 09!! So even though EA has 'robbed' us of some money, it still deserves some recognition for its wonderful games they have brought to our world! :D

Intrakitt
Intrakitt

Yeah I'm a bit befuddled by the whole Al Gore thing too...What the hell does he have to do with art?

Zacek
Zacek

Al Gore? Great!

gameking5000
gameking5000

I think we can argree that Miyamoto deserved that award right?

atopp399
atopp399

No company that treats paying customers like sh*t deserves an award for anything.

aaronjamias
aaronjamias

spore is an AWSOME and MINDBLOWING GAME its gameplay is pretty cool,but a bit complicated to understand though.BUT STILL ITS GREAT!!!

Mikethechimp
Mikethechimp

I don't know why people seem to be so blind to how the gaming industry is going downhill. Everything just seems to be dumbed down for casuals these days.

RavageGT
RavageGT

Well.... Cell stage: cool Creature Stage: Washed out MMO Tribal Stage: Washed out RTS Civ Stage: Washed out RTS Space Stage: cool I'm not saying this game is bad, I really liked the game when I played it, but there are better candidates out there.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

I think Will Wrights should have received an award for spore instead of EA.

Kakua_Omari
Kakua_Omari

I can see Miyamoto getting one for all the work he's done over the years. For a tech award spore is deserving but everything else probably not so much.

hamnut
hamnut

Anyone who thinks Spore should get an award should be slapped.

Ignition93
Ignition93

Miyamato should have been given this reward sooner. As for Spore, it's indeed a creative game...but shouldn't the creativity add to the fun? The game is fun for a little while...but...nothing else adds to the game once you have the basis of the game down. LittleBigPlanet deserved this reward more while Spore should have been an honorary mention or something close to it.

DPhunkT
DPhunkT

Spore is award winning. Look at all the Penis monsters one can create!

baal46
baal46

Spore. Creative? Yes. Unique? Sort of. Quality? Not really. Fun? No. Award Winning? Apparently.

diggyman
diggyman

That's pretty frickin cool, if you ask me. I'm old enough to remember Jim Henson when he brought one of his muppets (Rolf) on to the Arsenio Hall Show. He seemed like a cool dude. Same with Bob Ross (Mr. Happy Trees).

PSgamer99
PSgamer99

LBP shouldve gotten the award that spore got

ArmoredBreaker
ArmoredBreaker

Wiinut6493 remembered Crazy taxi,And he´s right need a new crazy taxi

ArmoredBreaker
ArmoredBreaker

Myamoto is a god!! game made by him = great game. Dont matter if you dont like the game!!!!

frogiggy323
frogiggy323

I like the technolgy of Spore, just not the game itself.

sharpshooter188
sharpshooter188

inspiring life huh? thank god this is not the 60-70s...

BloodMist
BloodMist

Heh..if you want to talk about a mindless game, Spore is a borefest, unlike many violent games out there.

FelixTheGreat15
FelixTheGreat15

I'm just glad Spore got the award, and not some of the other mindless violent games that are out there.

gameking5000
gameking5000

There are so many FPS and violent games and I don't think those games deserved it. There is NO creativity, just shooting and no real aspects that make it different. Spore, well it was more creative rather than fun though it was still fun. I've never seen a game so creative, original and imaginative as Spore. Spore and Miyamoto deserved those awards. Pity that "Wii Music" was the last of the "Big 4". He's an absolute legend.

Aurey
Aurey

Er, well, I don't think Spore is a great or creative game, for me it was not even fun. Whatever...

Paladin_King
Paladin_King

creative? Let me break it down for you Stage 1: the old "eat the small fish and get bigger, avoid the big fish" game we've seen a million times. Fl0w did it a year ago, hell, the old fishing DOS game I played as a kid did it. Stage 2: Basically a sloppy, half-assed hack and slash rpg Stage 3: A sloppy, half-assed RTS Stage 4: A sloppy, half-assed flight/action game. Wow, creative indeed. So creative that in stage 3, all the attack animations are identical. So creative that save for some chanting and a giant genie, "religious conversion" and a military battle look more or less identical. Simply amazing. A+!

dubel_07
dubel_07

Spore *was* indeed creative. Congrats on your achievement.

MC_Raptor
MC_Raptor

DRM, surely that contradicts the whole part of the technology side of spore, a fantastic game runied by EA asking you where you stole the game from. Mugs.

WiiNut6493
WiiNut6493

I Love Crazy Taxi I just remembered it. We need a new Crazy Taxi.

m7kr0
m7kr0

he's put fun back into real arcade style party games too, the way dance dance revolution, crazy taxi and samba de amigo did

m7kr0
m7kr0

truely deserved, much love to any game developers who reinvent gameplay or the way regular people approach gaming, the guy is a genius.

Dingalingaling
Dingalingaling

Spore to me just seems like a very intelligent, difficult to make, and fun game, which is truly creative. Some recent Wii games, such as Wii Fit, are also a new idea, as they are truly good for the body, as the entire Wii is better for the body than button mashing. It helps with dexterity if not actually working on arm muscles a little bit. These are very good choices to be awarded in such a manner.

bonefists
bonefists

congratulation Mr.Miyamoto,wii fit might not be the hardcores choice for gaming,but i most admit that the wii and its software has opened new oppotunities and given good result the past two years,wii and wii-fit is a testament of Miyamoto's creativity and how he gives us somrthing back in return,knowledeg,happiness,the way gaming has always meant to be,i hope other developers try to do this as well,and not always the mindless ideas they have most of the time.

The_Free-Man
The_Free-Man

the award is for spores amazinf tech but the gameplay was pathetic

aka_hal
aka_hal

Say, what you will, I like Spore and how creative it is. The technology is really very impressive--just look at all the different things people have created! I also think it's amazing that you can have a whole galaxy of functioning planets and not have lag. Note: drm is no longer an issue. They released a patch which more or less circumvents this issue.

MC_Raptor
MC_Raptor

DRM guess that dsnt affect "creaticvity when you mess up a game liek that... IT BLOWS! STUPID AWARD!

Paladin_King
Paladin_King

Spore isn't deserving of any awards. It was a massive innovation and half of its innovation simply involved half-assedly mashing up as many genres of PC gaming as possible.

TXMostWanted
TXMostWanted

Just as I'm eating some good chicken soup, I read the word "primordial soup"...tastes like chicken

Nokoryous
Nokoryous

that's cool. good on Mr. Miyamoto. i'm glad he is receiving honor for all the joy he has brought us over the years :)