Shigeru Miyamoto is presented the most prestigious award in the Spanish speaking world.
The Prince of Asturias Foundation recognizes the Japanese designer as one of the most influential people in contemporary culture.
Shigeru Miyamoto, considered to be one of the most influential videogame designers and creators, was presented with the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities today.
The nomination was presented by Gamelab, the International Videogame and Interactive Entertainment Fair, to take place in Barcelona. According to Iván Fernández Lobo, Gamelab’s Founder and Director, Miyamoto is “a forerunner of his generation of interactive designers, who conceive videogames as a new media, capable of getting together a group of people around a shared experience, regardless of their age, sex, education or social background”.
The Prince of Asturias Awards, founded in 1980 is the highest cultural award given in the Spanish speaking world.
This award has been bestowed to such individuals as Bob Dylan, Pedro Almodóvar, Woody Allen, Norman Foster, Umberto Eco, Leonard Cohen, Paul Auster, Arthur Miller, Günter Grass, Michael Schumacher, Lance Armstrong, Ingrid Betancourt and Stephen Hawking; as well as institutions and groups of individuals including The National Geographic Society, Nature magazine, CNN and Science TV stations, The Royal Society, the heroes of Fukushima and Unicef.
The Prince of Asturias Awards Ceremony will be held in Oviedo (Asturias, Spain) during the second half of October. The ceremony will be attended by the Spanish Royal Family as well as senior Spanish governmental and cultural figures.