The Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto has been bestowed with the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, as made public today in Oviedo by the Jury responsible for conferring said Award.

The Jury for the Award –convened by the Prince of Asturias Foundation– was chaired by Adela Cortina Orts and was composed of José Antonio Álvarez Gundín, José Manuel Diego Carcedo, Albert Espinosa i Puig, Javier González Ferrari, Miguel Ángel Liso Tejada, Catalina Luca de Tena y García-Conde, José Antonio Sánchez Domínguez, Ricardo Senabre Sempere, José Antonio Vera Gil, Enrique de Ybarra e Ybarra and Ramón López Vilas (acting as secretary).

This nomination was proposed by Iván Fernández Lobo, president of the Spanish Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.

Considered the father of the modern video game, Shigeru Miyamoto was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1952. A graduate of Kanazawa Municipal College of Art and Industrial Design (Japan), he is currently general manager of the Entertainment Analysis and Development Division at Nintendo Co. Ltd., a company he joined in 1977. Designer and producer of video games, Miyamoto is the author of the video game Mario Bros, among others, which has become the most marketed saga in history with sales of 275 million units worldwide.

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