The man behind the iron mask is Will Wright, the first of his kind to be awarded a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship (known colloquially as the 'BAFTA award'). This year's ceremony will be held on October 23rd, marking the first time the Academy has honored a figure from the games industry, despite a refusal to stretch out its acronym. (What's wrong with BAFTVGA?). Wright's fellowship "recognizes the massive impact of video games on popular culture and their huge contribution to the whole art form of the moving image," said the BAFTA mouthpiece.
Will Wright is the 'Sim' genre. The decorated designer is currently on the verge of (we hope) releasing his most ambitious project to date, Spore. Much props to you, Mr. Wright -- now get back to work!