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Games legend reveals predictions

By Dan Whitworth
Newsbeat technology reporter

Tuesday night saw the gaming event of the year, the video games Baftas, take place in London.

Call of Duty 4 was the big winner, scooping three awards including the People's Choice and best gameplay. However, Super Mario Galaxy surprised many by picking up the main Game of the Year prize.


The gongs at the video game Baftas

Newsbeat spoke to gaming legend Peter Molyneux - mastermind of the award-winning Fable II - about what 2009 holds for the games world.

Within the video game industry Peter Molyneux is something of a legend. The veteran developer is behind titles like Syndicate, Black And White and Fable.


"I think 2009 is going to be a really interesting year. We've had two really strong years. The industry surprises us again and again. There are going to be more and more games which stretch our boundaries as to what we think of as video games. I think those genres of games are changing, radically, all the time.


"It's almost as if the video game industry is waking up to the fact that there are six billion people on this planet - not six million. Because suddenly us designers are starting to talk about how can we get more people into the industry - it's not just our core people of 18 to 25-year-olds any more, it's much wider than that.

"So the more we experiment with ideas the more interesting it's going to be.


"The games industry is pretty healthy but could be a lot healthier. I look at places like Canada and Singapore and they're attracting an enormous amount of talent to them because of government cash incentives put in place.

"There's been a lot of talk about the British government stepping in to help the games industry with tax incentives, just like the film industry. I think it'd be great to see some action on that. We could be pulling more and more talent into this country rather than it leaving this country.

"And that's the way it's been for too long. Great British talent has been leaving Britain rather than coming into it.


"Naming a particular game before it's out is a difficult thing. And I'll tell you why, because in two weeks I'm about to fly out to America for the Gamers' Development Conference and that's the time when you start to see what's really coming up.

"I know some of the things behind the scenes that are going on but it'd be really inappropriate to talk about them. But I can say there's some exciting things on the way. What you think of as video games is changing and changing fast."

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