We sometimes joke that when Peter Molyneux opens his mouth, everyone at Lionhead cringes in fear of what he might say. And the rest of us? We shake our heads and say, "Oh, Molyneux, you tease."
Last night, the man was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship, making him the fourth game developer to be given the honor. The other three before him were Shigeru Miyamoto, Nolan Bunshell, and Will Wright.
During his brief acceptance speech, Molyneux surprised some by making a confession regarding his rampant fibbing. Turns out, he's been telling lies on purpose (for the most part), and his reasoning is fairly interesting, if not downright hilarious.
“I’d like to thank the press, by the way, for listening to my stuff,” Molyneux started out innocently enough, before diving into his apology. “Sorry – I’ve slightly over-promised on things on occasion. I could name at least 10 features in games that I’ve made up to stop journalists going to sleep and I really apologise to the team for that.”
So Molyneux lies about game features in order to keep the press awake. How about those golden acorns, eh?
“Every day I wake up and thank the stars that I’m still here now,” he said toward the end of his speech. “I love my job so much and I really feel like going home and working harder than I’ve ever done to prove that I deserve this award.”