Fresh from his BAFTA Fellowship Award last night, Peter Molyneux spoke with IGN about the honor, and how he would like up and coming talent to receive more focus.
“I wish people in the press would focus on some of that up and coming talent, because there isn’t enough focus on it in my opinion,” he said. “People like Marcus Persson who did Minecraft, he’s a fantastic person to talk to, and I think Minecraft is a complete work of genius.”
Molyneux goes on to recount his experience with letting folks visit his Minecraft world, and talks about how the game’s creator Notch’s game is “the best thing I’ve played in the last ten years.”
“Me and my son were playing with [Minecraft], and he was bullying me saying he wished he could get more people into our world so I set it up and he was a bit disappointed that no-one knew about it, so I just tweeted the web address,” Molyneux explained. “That was the worst thing to do – within ten seconds of me pushing the Twitter button there were ten people, within 20 there were 50 people, and in a minute there were 200 people and we were bombarded until the point where the whole server crashed.
“I opted that they couldn’t have permission to change anything – but if you could imagine, there was this hill completely full of people, like a forest of people. It was quite scary, actually. In Minecraft your designs tend to be quite personal – and that’s the genius of it – and to think there are all these people just going there and looking, it was quite funny.
“I think Minecraft’s the best thing I’ve played in the last ten years, and what’s so brilliant about it – and I’ve met Marcus and he’s a real inspirational person – he did everything on his own, and I think how brilliant and inspirational that is, to not need the full force of publishers and marketing people. He did everything on his own. [It’s] a golden age – there’s so much choice, and I feel there’s so many opportunities as well.
“People like Marcus – and there are some people in the social side – I feel there’s a real talent there. I think the triple AAA titles will continue to improve, but I dearly wish that things like the 30 under 30, that pull people out of obscurity, were noticed a bit more.”