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Shigeru Miyamoto

Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities 2012

At its meeting held in Oviedo, the Jury for the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, composed of Mr José Antonio Álvarez Gundín, Mr Diego Carcedo, Mr Albert Espinosa Puig, Mr Javier González Ferrari, Mr Miguel Ángel Liso Tejada, Ms Catalina Luca de Tena y García-Conde, Mr José Antonio Sánchez Domínguez, Mr Ricardo Senabre Sempere, Mr José Antonio Vera Gil, Mr Enrique de Ybarra e Ybarra, chaired by Ms Adela Cortina Orts, and with Mr Ramón López Vilas acting as secretary, has decided to grant the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities to Shigeru Miyamoto.

The Japanese designer of world-famous characters and games Shigeru Miyamoto is the main architect of the revolution in teaching, educational and constructive video games. He is noted for excluding violence from his creations and for innovating through programs and formats that help exercise the mind in its many facets, in addition to being of great value from an educational standpoint.

Miyamoto is not only the father of the modern video game. Thanks to his great imagination, he has managed to create virtual dreams that enable millions of people of all ages to interact, generating new forms of communication and relationship capable of bridging ideological, ethnic and geographic boundaries.

Oviedo, 23rd May 2012

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