M.U.L.E. designer chosen for AIAS Hall of Fame

Populated by such luminaries as Trip Hawkins, Shigeru Miyamoto and Will Wright, it's a true wonder that the Hall of Fame, deep within the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, has yet to produce a wildly innovative game where you vigorously rub shoulders for points. Perhaps the costly peripheral required is holding things up, or perhaps it's the fact that Dani Bunten is set to disrupt the current line of connected shoulders.

Though Dani (also known as Danielle Berry, previously known as Dan Bunten) passed away in 1998, the AIAS has decided to induct her into their Hall of Fame. Gamespot reports that the honorary Ahyeehuss achievement award will be accepted by none other than Will Wright during February's D.I.C.E. summit and should serve to highlight some of Bunten's cherished classics.

Those include Modem Wars, The Seven Cities of Gold and 1984's M.U.L.E., which is quite adeptly described by its packaging as "a game in which up to four players attempt to settle a distant planet with the so-called help of a mule-like machine they all learn to hate." Good times.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.