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Peter Molyneux admits to telling the occasional fib

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Peter Molyneux is renowned for making enjoyable games and contributing greatly to the industry. He's also famous for exaggerating the odd game feature and sometimes making shit up as he goes along. During his BAFTA Academy Fellowship acceptance speech at yesterday's ceremony in London, Molyneux used his precious moments on stage to thank his hosts for the prestigious award and apologize (albeit tongue-in-cheekily) for misleading a few media journalists along the way.

"I'd like to thank the press, by the way, for listening to my stuff," said Molyneux. "Sorry - I've slightly over-promised on things on occasion."



Molyneux admitted he's pulled more than one videogame factoid out of his ass to keep press junkets interesting, adding, "I could name at least 10 features in games that I've made up to stop journalists going to sleep and I really apologize to the team for that."

The Lionhead Studios founder finished his speech by acknowledging how lucky he was to have come so far in his career, and pledged to work harder than ever to justify his new fellowship designation.

To hear Molyneux confess to fibbing is refreshing and, in a strange way, endearing. Let's be real; in this industry, embellishing the features and value of a game isn't so much a rogue practice as it is part of the job. Kudos to him for at least being honest about it...even if it's taken him a couple decades to do so.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Mar 17, 2011

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14 comments

  • raman162 - March 17, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    Finally he admits it
  • db1331 - March 17, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    And how much do you think he has lied about the capabilities of Milo? Once he comes out and admits the whole demo was heavily scripted I might develop a scrap of respect for him. Right now he's just overrated.
  • ExcessGiraffe - March 17, 2011 6:59 p.m.

    Ah who gives a crap? In the end, the games are usually good, who cares if he told a few porkies along the line? Everybody bigs themselves up, it's nothing new.
  • QWERTYCommander - March 17, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    @Moly (Note: I never played any of Molyneux's games) If journalists don't go to sleep while they're being talked to about the next generic FPS, the next generic RPG, or the next crappy licensed movie game, or the next terrible gritty reboot, then they wouldn't go to sleep over whatever you produce. Sure most of your modern games score about 7-8 on most websites, but how does that compare to the thing I just mentioned?
  • QWERTYCommander - March 17, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    Also, "on occasion"? He did it a few more times than that.
  • JohnDagger - March 17, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    Jason Statham and Peter say identical things, it's just that Jason Statham means everything no matter how ridiculous.
  • Cleanser247 - March 17, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    Damn, he sure does tell a lot of tall tales : ) He also says his "older" games were rubbish, and this "new" game is going to be the best! What a funny man : )
  • JADENkOTOR - March 17, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    Molynuex is the shit and definitely not overrated.
  • mockraven - March 17, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    I always found his antics amusing.
  • gamingfreak - March 17, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    I still think he's an asshole...
  • NobodyLikesPaul - March 17, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    Famous?, Infamous more like it
  • Andrewwwww - March 17, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    Hater's gonna hate, the man's a genius and pretty hilarious. I've enjoyed his games and I generally don't read too much into 'em, if you do that then you probably wouldn't rage whenever you heard his name lmao
  • SexyGnome - March 18, 2011 12:05 a.m.

    He is like a politician, allways full of promises...
  • Ariaka - March 18, 2011 5:14 a.m.

    Molyneux is a good guy, great ideas and all. That doesn't mean he doesn't have more hot air coming out of his mouth than the size of his games, however. (Still have Syndicate...)

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