Molyneux: Gaming is changing “incredibly fast”

By Brenna Hillier, Thursday, 17 March 2011 22:51 GMT

Asked whether an increased focus on gaming in entertainment awards means film, TV and gaming media may merge, Peter Molyneux has said gaming is changing more rapidly than other entertainment industries.

“We’ve been talking about this convergence since Wing Commander in the mid-nineties,” Molyneux told IGN, speaking of gaming and mass media. “In a way, I love being inspired by the production quality that TV and film have got – there’s no question about the amount of skill they use to entertain us.

“But to say that we are converging with them doesn’t imply that we have our own place of innovation, and I just feel that things are happening so incredibly fast in video games, with all the changes in input devices, all the social gaming changes, all the mobile changes.

“Film and TV feel like that they’re a format that’s got to change within themselves, and we’re already on that train racing ahead to a future that god knows where it will end up.”

The famed designer said gaming is a force to be reckoned with.

“In today’s world, where you’ve got computer games of all types – through Facebook, Android and Apple, for example – you put them all together and it’s an incredibly important force in all the world,” he said.

“You don’t often talk about the cultural significance of video games in places like China and Korea, but it’s a huge part of culture throughout the world, and very, very accessible too. Now that you don’t have to be locked away in your bedroom to play them, it’s gaming everywhere.”

Asked how it felt to be listed along side luminaries of the screen, Molyneux commented that he received his BAFTA Fellowship at an earlier age, and has time to achieve more.

“I’m 51 now, so I’m a bit of a spring chicken compared to some of those people,” he said.

“But everyone on that list is fairly impressive – even if you look at Nolan Bushnell, Wright and Miyamoto, they’re incredibly motivational figures.”

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