While certain governments - cough USA, England cough - seem to do little but scapegoat videogames, the French have decided to honour three interactive artisans with what the British gaming press are deeming a "knighthood."
The Order Of Arts And Letters decorates those the French government believes to have "contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world." This year's recipients include video game luminaries Frederick Raynal, responsible for the Alone In The Dark series, Michel Ancel, designer of Rayman as well as the recent video game adaptation of King Kong, and Nintendo genius Shigeru Miyamoto.
The three - the first interactive artisans to be honored in this way - will receive their awards on Monday. While they can't call themselves "Sir," as they could with a British Knighthood, they do get a nice shiny medal which will be presented by culture minister Renard Donnedieu de Vabres.
This is not the first time in recent months that the French government have shown they appreciate the artistic merits of video games. GamePolitics has previously reported on a beautiful French postage stamp set commemorating ten popular video game series.
-Reporting from the U.K., Mark Kelly, GP International Correspondent