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History of Media Molecule

Media Molecule is a development studio based in Guildford, United Kingdom. They are owned by Sony Computer Entertainment. The studio was founded in January 2006 by former Lionhead employees, Alex Evans, Mark Healy, Dave Smith and Kareem Ettouney. The team developed Rag Doll Kung Fu (the first third party title made available on Steam) in their spare time whilst still working at Lionhead. Evans describes the company's formation as a combination of the boost from Rag Doll, some new ideas bubbling in his head, and the new wave of consoles around the corner.

Renowned for their small size, they are a close-knit group of but 25 developers, with an only 9 coders. Evans says that their size is an arbitrary constraint they placed themselves.

The company had with partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe after pitching an early LittleBigPlanet forbearer known as Craftworld. This concept led to Sony funding the development of LittleBigPlanet.

It was announced on March 2nd 2010 that Sony Computer Entertainment had purchased Media Molecule.

Awards

Media Molecule have won many awards for their title LittleBigPlanet.

Tokyo Game Show October 2008

  • Future Award: Winner

Famitsu Magazine

  • Platinum

E3

  • IGN Best Platform Game of E3 2008-Runner up
  • IGN Best PlayStation 3 Platform Game of E3 2008-Runner up
  • IGN Special Achievement for Technological Excellence of E3 2008-Runner up
  • IGN Best PlayStation 3 Artistic Design Game of E3 2008-Runner up
  • IGN Best PlayStation 3 Multiplayer Experience of E3 2008-Runner up
  • IGN PlayStation 3 Special Achievement for Technological Excellence of E3 2008
  • IGN PlayStation 3 Special Achievement for Innovation of E3 2008-Runner up
  • IGN PlayStation 3 Most Anticipated Game of 2008- Ranked #5 out of 10
  • Game Critics Best E3 2008 Console Game
  • Game Critics Best E3 2008 Social/Casual/Puzzle Game
  • GameTrailers Best of Show E3 2008-Runner up
  • Game Trailers Best Playstation 3 Game E3 2008-Runner Up
  • Game Trailers Best Innovative Game E3 2008
  • GameTrailers Best Online Game E3 2008-Runner Up
  • G4TV Best of E3 PlayStation 3-Runner Up
  • G4TV Best of E3 Online Multiplayer-Runner up
  • G4TV Best of E3 Best Original Game
  • G4TV Best of E3 Best Innovation-Runner Up
  • G4TV Best of E3 Game of Show
  • GameSpy Top Ten PS3 Games E3- #2 out of 10
  • GameSpy E3 Staff Picks
  • GameSpot Best Stage Demo E3 2008-Runner Up
  • GameSpot Best Platform Game E3 2008
  • GameSpot Best PS3 Game E3 2008
  • GameSpot E3 Best of Show 2008-Runner Up
  • PS3 Fanboy Best of PS3 Exclusive E3 2008
  • Ripten Best PlayStation 3 Game E3 2008
  • Ripten Best Game of E3-Tied with Fallout 3
  • 1UP Best PS3 Game E3 2008
  • 1UP Game of Show E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Best Platform Game E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Best Artistic Design E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Best Multiplayer Experience E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Most Gracious Technological Excellence E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Revolutionary Design E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Best Console Game E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Game of Show E3 2008
  • Kotaku Best Original Game E3 2008
  • Kotaku Best Social/Casual/Puzzle Game E3 2008
  • Game Pro Best of E3 Silver Winner
  • Cheat Code Central, Favorite Game of 2008
  • Cheat Code Central, Best Platformer of 2008
  • Cheat Code Central, Best PS3 Game of 2008
  • Cheat Code Central, Best New Character of 2008
  • Cheat Code Central, Most Creative of 2008
  • GameSpot, Best Implementation of User-Generated Content of 2008</li
  • GameSpot, Best Graphics, Nominee
  • GameSpot, Best UK Developed Game, Nominee
  • GameTrailers Best Action Adventure –Runner up
  • GameTrailers Game of The Year-Runner Up
  • GameTrailers Best PS3 Game-Runner Up
  • GameZone Overall Game of the Year – 2008
  • GameZone Best PlayStation 3 Game of the Year – 2008
  • GameZone Best Overall Platformer – 2008
  • IGN, Best Platform Game of 2008 (for PS3)
  • IGN, Best Artistic Design of 2008 (for PS3)
  • IGN, Best Local Mult-player Platform Game of 2008 (for (PS3)
  • IGN, Best New IP (for PS3)
  • IGN, Most Innovative Design (for PS3)
  • USA Weekend (online) – “The Best Video Games of 2008”
  • The Onion’s Best of 2008 List

Edge December 2008

  • Best Game: Winner
  • Best innovation: Winner
  • Best visual: Winner
  • Best developer: Winner
  • Best online experience: runner up

Pocket Lint Awards

  • Game of the Year 2008-12-17

Spike TV Video Game Awards December 2008

  • Studio of the Year: Media Molecule Winner
  • Game of the Year: Runner-up
  • Best Performance by a Human Male: Runner-up, Stephen Fry as LBP Narrator
  • Best Original Score: Runner Up
  • Best PS3 Game: Winner
  • Best Soundtrack: Runner Up
  • Best Graphics: Runner Up

Gameplayer.com

  • Most Influential Developers of 2008 (with other Developers)

Feb-09

Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
  • Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
  • Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
  • Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
  • Family Game of the Year
  • Console Game of the Year
  • Overall Game of the Year
  • Best Multiplayer Game in Troféu Gameworld (Brazilian) www.heroi.com.br
  • Best international game at Deutscher Computerspielepreis. (German) http://www.deutscher-computerspielpreis.de/9.0.html
  • Platform Game Of The Year at Swedish Game Awards 2009 in Stockholm
  • Best Platform Game of the Year in the Norwegian Game Awards http://www.dagbladet.no/2009/03/05/kultur/spill/gullstikka/5149468/

Mar-09

  • BAFTA Video Games Awards – Artistic Achievement (Winner)

Oct-09

  • Golden Joystick Family Game of the Year (Winner)
  • Golden Joystick Family Game of the Year (Winner)

Nov-09

  • BAFTA Children’s Awards – Video Game (Winner)
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