Molyneux bestowed French honor

Fable developer named as a knight in the country's Order of Arts and Letters for cultural contributions.

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Lionhead Studios founder Peter Molyneux has yet another laurel, even if he never intends to rest on it. The studio today announced that Molyneux, the creator of Populous, Syndicate, Fable, and more, has received The Knighthood in the Order of Arts of Letters by the French government.

Created to recognize contributions to the arts and literature, the Order does not require its members to be French. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto was bestowed the title last year, alongside Frederick Raynal (Alone in the Dark, Fade to Black) and Michel Ancel (Rayman, Beyond Good & Evil).

Molyneux is also an officer in the Order of the British Empire, a title he was awarded in late 2004 for his contributions to the game industry. He is currently working on Fable 2.

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152 comments
Raykuza
Raykuza

Europeans hand out honors for the RIGHT reasons! Recognizing game development as an art form is not something you'd see here in the States. How unfortunate.

Fable_Hero_2007
Fable_Hero_2007

Awesome I didn't know the French Knighted rock n roll

Neonivek
Neonivek

-Peter deserves this for Populous and Syndicate 100% -Black and White would also add to this. Now you could argue that the gameplay was somewhat weak, however the advancements the games made is legendary, even making it into the world book of records for AI -Fable unfortunately no matter how MUCH you whine and cry makes the list simply for being popular and largely successful even making it to several peopel's #1 X-box game list. Most complaints about this game are either about the aging system, the length of the game, and things Peter never delivered... But holy goodness, you act as if Peter slapped your wife/husband or something. Look it was only 1 game.

emerald101
emerald101

Never played fable i might get fable 2.

Shishio817
Shishio817

Peter Molyneux definitely deserved this honor. I hope Fable 2 is amazing.

Quadster
Quadster

Way to go Molyneux! The creator of the best game studio, except maybe Square Enix, should get all this!

Ebisch
Ebisch

if only all developers cared as much about games as molyneux does. But noooo, other developers only want the liscence to spit out another terrible movie game in time for its release, its a shame

theKSMM
theKSMM

I hope that he and Lionhead are able to get Fable 2 to the level of polish they want before they have to ship it.

AviticusDSS
AviticusDSS

Peter Molyneux is a genius when it comes to next generation games.

Smoov_B
Smoov_B

B4mB00 wrote "As far as Populous and Syndicate go, I've never played them. But those games are ancient anyway." That's a great way to look at things. PONG is even older but I'm sure it hasn't had any impact on gaming.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Another veteren of the gaming industry who deserves an award. Here in Europe and also in Japan the greatest game designers are born and receive honors to prove it.

a-man-called-e
a-man-called-e

he really deserves this award, I've never seen a man of the game industry with this kind of awards

Kratose7
Kratose7

Many congrats to a great man deserving of such an honor!

Noak3
Noak3

ranman, halo 2 was awesome, dont diss halo 2. second, he deserved it. But when I saw the update I was hoping for some fable 2 game news =( oh well.

togemon171
togemon171

Yeah! You go Molyneux! Well deserved! Now finish Fable 2!

ranman1990
ranman1990

if u want it to be good then dont hurry let them take there time to make it better . rushing games destroys them ( halo2)

angkawsw
angkawsw

just hurry finish fable 2 ...but make sure its good rofl

B4mB00
B4mB00

Molyneux is overrated. He falls in love with his little ideas and doesn't understand that not everyone may like it. As far as Populous and Syndicate go, I've never played them. But those games are ancient anyway. If we look at his most recent games, such as Black & White (1 and 2) and Fable, they tend to be more 'average' games. Fable especially is incredibly overrated. Black & White 2 was a technical disaster, and the gameplay was dull. Black & White was slightly better than its predecessor in its day, but it was still lacking. I agree with inducting him in a kind of 'hall of fame', but definitely not as a successful MODERN game designer.

Raeldor
Raeldor

He's made some groundbreaking games (quite literally! :P). Well deserved.

lithus
lithus

"received The Knighthood in the Order of Arts of Letters by the French government." Hahahahahhahhahah...hehe...oh, this is serious...ahem.

brannigancarter
brannigancarter

oh look, it's the Black Knight (Uwe Boll), here to destroy everything good in the video gaming world.

Hedfix
Hedfix

Looks like that guy's brother posted on his account or something, those two posts don't go together at all. I expect the poster's brother believes he's a 'nihilistic pig' which would explain that 2nd post. :D

MarMar415
MarMar415

I really think that wasn't necessary.....

edgarchong
edgarchong

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edgarchong
edgarchong

I hope this hurries up fable 2 in some manner...

SS3_Vegeta
SS3_Vegeta

Awww, good for him! He's a living legend among the gaming community and he really deserves this! I'm surprised they didnt mention Black and White in the list above... Neverthelsss, congratulation to you Mr. Molyneux! :D

SmallPower
SmallPower

felicitations! "The term 'Franks' is a general reference to a collection of Germanic tribes, not French people." lawl of course there's no overlap, and that's a perfectly legimitate disctinction rawfl "1066 - Vikings invade Paris" lawl

LOGGER13
LOGGER13

Populous! That was one of my first PC games as a kid ... great memories.

mouldy133
mouldy133

i think he deserves it Well done molyneux! PS.officer of the british empire?? we dont have an empire any more! lol!

Hedfix
Hedfix

This is Molyneux not Cliffy B! ;)

dryden555
dryden555

this guy is all about promoting himself in the media and making mediocre games. Not buying any of his games.

Hedfix
Hedfix

Well Molyneux's work is slightly less dumbed down and doesn't stem from an arcade game background. I prefer the depth of his titles, although I'd rather some were a little more challenging *Cough*Fable*Cough* I prefer Spector's work to either. Give Spector 3 of these awards! ;)

Sonovius
Sonovius

agreed. hasnt made a great game since populus. good games but he is nothing special. but then again, the French really have nothing else to celebrate in their culture so yay for them.

Mindchamber
Mindchamber

why. making half-assed games about knights shouldnt make you one.

slasher2119
slasher2119

hes done some great things but a lot of his games that hes hyped up beyond reasonable expectations have never even come out. most of us are still waiting on bc, people who owned the dreamcast slowly lost hope as development of black and white went on even though it was supposed to come out on dreamcast, for all the great games hes done, hes sure had problems with timing. releasing a game too early (like powermonger) or way too late (like black and white 2 or any of the games that he did that never came out). kojima shouldve gotten the honor this year.... molyneux can wait... just like he makes us wait.

Hedfix
Hedfix

ParisSun Hey idiots, the Franks and the Gauls were pretty tough customers back in the day. In fact, the French were pretty hard nosed bastards up until around the 19th century. What happened after that, I don't know. But it's way too easy and lazy to act like the French were just historical pushovers. ----------------------------------------- Probably because the Goths had pumped a bit of their genes into their ancestors whilst sweeping down through Europe. ;)

SilV3RSix
SilV3RSix

ParisSun "Hey idiots, the Franks and the Gauls were pretty tough customers back in the day."The term 'Franks' is a general reference to a collection of Germanic tribes, not French people."In fact, the French were pretty hard nosed bastards up until around the 19th century."1066 - Vikings invade Paris, King rolls over and pays tribute15/1600's - French go explorin'! They settle for.... Canada?1763- French lose Canada and Louisiana1812- Napoleon defeated in Moscow campaign1814- Napoleon surrenders... twice1815- Napoleon surrenders... again after Waterloo

Hedfix
Hedfix

bubnux ...? To utter the name Molyneux in the same breath as Miyamoto is an insult. ----------------------------------- Aye, I've enjoyed more of Molyneux's games. Putting his name next to Miyamoto's is just a joke. Molyneux should get two of these awards to moto's one. :D

ParisSun
ParisSun

Hey idiots, the Franks and the Gauls were pretty tough customers back in the day. In fact, the French were pretty hard nosed bastards up until around the 19th century. What happened after that, I don't know. But it's way too easy and lazy to act like the French were just historical pushovers.

datbush
datbush

if its french he must suck