While certain governments (I'm not naming any names, USA and England) seem to do little but kick videogames around, the French government have decided to honour certain interactive artisans with what the British gaming press are deeming a "knighthood".
The French Order Of Arts And Letters decorates people it believes to have "contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world"- and three of these people this year include Frederick Raynal, responsible for the Alone In The Dark games, Michel Ancel, designer of Rayman and behind the recent adaptation of King Kong, and Nintendo genius Shigeru Miyamoto.
The three- the first interactive artisans to recieve such an award- will recieve their awards on Monday. While they can't start going around calling themselves "Sir", like they would a British Knighthood, they do get a nice shiny medal instead, to presented by culture minister Renard Donnedieu de Vabres.
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