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Miyamoto awarded 2012 Spanish Asturias prize

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For making games that bridge ideological, ethnic, and geographic boundaries

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Shigeru Miyamoto was awarded Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities today for his work in the field of video games. The award is given to those who make valuable contributions in the fields of science, culture, and humanistic values, and there are eight awards in total, ranging from the arts, to sports, and technical and scientific research.

Shigeru Miyamoto was awarded Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities today for his work in the field of video games.

The award is given to those who make valuable contributions in the fields of science, culture, and humanistic values, and there are eight awards in total, ranging from the arts, to sports, and technical and scientific research.

The 59-year-old game developer behind titles like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda was honored with the award for being "the main architect of the revolution in teaching, educational and constructive video games," read the official statement from the jury that voted to award him the prize.

"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."

The jury commended him for creating games that bridge ideological, ethnic, and geographic boundaries.

On accepting the award, Miyamoto said: "Creating video games is very much a team effort, which is why I feel so humbled to be chosen for this honourable award. I would therefore like to receive the award on behalf of all of my friends and colleagues with whom I have been creating video games over the years.

"I will continue my efforts so that video games will continuously be able to offer fun and joy to people of all generations all around the world".