Real Molyneux will attend fake Molyneux event.
Former head of Lionhead Studios and Microsoft's European Game Studios Peter Molyneux tells Vox Games he plans to attend this weekend's MolyJam 2012 event. But he won't be making games, he'll be looking for new talent.
MolyJam 2012 will feature developers gathering for two days at locations around the world to create games based on the deliberately off-kilter ideas espoused by a fake Peter Molyneux Twitter account.
The author of the parodical @petermolydeux made a name for himself with absurdist game design tweets that gently poked fun at Molyneux's sometimes fanciful approach to interviews. But some people started to like the fake Molyneux's ideas.
A grassroots movement kicked off earlier this month to host a gathering of developers in San Francisco willing to play with those ideas and make games out of them. That idea quickly took root and spread to other countries. The 48-hour game jam starts on Friday and wraps up on Sunday, which happens to also be April Fool's day. There are currently 29 locations for the event sprinkled around the world in locations like Melbourne, Australia, Las Vegas, Lisbon, Portugal, Tel Aviv, Isreal and Malmo, Sweden.
This morning Molyneux confirmed to Vox Games that he plans to attend the London event starting with its Friday evening kick-off.
"I'll be there as long as I'm not a distraction," he told Vox Games, adding that part of his impetus for going is because he's on the lookout for people to hire for his recently announced new endeavor, 22 Cans.
Molyneux dismissed any connection he may have to the event's creation, saying only that he is amazed at the power of Twitter and how effortlessly it can bring people together to create something amazing.
"I'm going there because I love those sort of things," he said. "But I'm also going to looking and hoping to find some amazing people."