Will Wright gets BAFTA Fellowship

The Sims creator becomes the first person from the video games industry to be honoured with the accolade.

Over the last 59 years, famous names from film and TV have been inducted into the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Fellowship. These names have included greats such as Charlie Chaplin, Richard Attenborough, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Caine, Steven Spielberg, and Alfred Hitchcock. This year, for the first time, someone from the video games industry will be honoured.

That person will be Will Wright, the creator of such games as the SimCity franchise and the megasuccessful Sims franchise. Wright is currently working on the ambitious Spore.

The BAFTA Fellowship is the highest honour that the Academy can give, and is offered to those who have made exceptional achievements and work throughout their careers. Academy chairwoman Hilary Bevan Jones commented, "Will's immense, creative body of work and his continued contribution to the industry make him a most worthy recipient of the Fellowship and being such a pioneer, we are thrilled that he will be the first person to receive this honour."

Wright will receive his award at this year's ceremony, which takes place at London's Battersea Evolution on October 23. Funnyman Vic Reeves will be hosting the event.

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65 comments
latchol1Sim
latchol1Sim

It's great that he got it, so long as he doesn't get a big head from it...but he's already got like a zillion awards, so it shouldn't make too much of a difference, if at all. Video game have been losing their 'pimply 13-year-old nerd' image for the past couple of years, and this award just strengthens the idea of really mainstream games.

dj_b02us
dj_b02us

he should spend less time getting awards and more time FINISHING SPORE!

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

Congrats Will, You definitley have balls...

grognard
grognard

It's great to see gaming finally getting the respect it deserves and I can't think of someone more deserving than Mr. Wright.

1357900
1357900

Many Congratulations to you Mr. Will Wright, You more than deserved it. Nicely done, indeed. ;)

Ahp12
Ahp12

well deserved, congratulations will wright

P-MaT000
P-MaT000

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Lewos1
Lewos1

the beginning of the next step for the games industry - real mainstream recognition...

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

That's amazing! Congratulations Will Wright!

tycoonmike
tycoonmike

Good to see that someone from the VG industry, far from being complained to for setting a bad example for the children (and yes, sarcasm loses its affect over the internet) is actually receiving a highly honored award for his work.

redfox66
redfox66

This is alot like being in the fellowship of the ring....except you don't have to walk as far.

the_monkey_god
the_monkey_god

You go Will. Finnaly a main stream award that doesnt go to some dumb @#%!

PTK7
PTK7

congrats Will! for making amazing games

Poshkidney
Poshkidney

they are much more creddited than an oscar since the oscars have allways bee hosted by morons so he should take it has an honor.

soroush7
soroush7

The Sims series is one of the best franchises out there. Good work Will.

karuba
karuba

Congrats Mr. Wright :)

tclvis
tclvis

An honor well deserved. Congratulations, Mr. Wright, and thank you.

Neo1O1
Neo1O1

I'm a mild fan of the Sims, so to me what matters most is the fact that a game maker received the honor.

CapinKirk
CapinKirk

I am glad to see the gaming industry finally recognized for the great work they do. And although Will received the award, it's a win for all game developers.

0678
0678

WAY TO GO WILL! :)

kalkhaja
kalkhaja

Agreed, he has done so much for the gaming industry. Well done.

gaggle64
gaggle64

Fantastic stuff. I would imagine one for Miyamoto can't be far off either.

dbruce01
dbruce01

Well done Will u deserve it for a great body of work and kudos for BAFTA for recognizing the talent , intelligence and hardwork it takes to make great games . Hollywood better step up and recognise .

froidnite
froidnite

Finally game industry getting the recognition that it very rightly deserves. And Congrats Will....

Gamer_152
Gamer_152

Will Wright is one of my absolute video game idols, I could go on forever about all the stuff he does. This is a step forward for the industry and a very well deserved award.

pandaramaster
pandaramaster

Will this create scandal in the entertainment industry, specifically between film, television and indeed games? The snobs at film and television will scoff at this, saying games are mere mediocrity compared to "Eastenders".:roll: But eh, well done to the video game industry for getting this accolade. And to Will Wright who is a well respected game designer throughout the industry:D

N8A
N8A

come on and release spore already!!

slapme7times
slapme7times

spore is going to be incredible... omg i can't wait.

deshields538
deshields538

Congrats Will :). Never liked The Sims though :(.

NA3D
NA3D

Donut, what are you talking about?

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

Ok, who's up for lobbying him into letting Manhunt get released? I am.