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Francois Boissiere

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FeatureCharacter Study

Yoshitaka Amano and Michel Ancel discuss design.

Paris has recently, it seems, been a hive of activity for videogame creators. On Monday March 13, two French game designers - Michel Ancel (Rayman, Peter Jackson's King Kong), and Frederick Raynal (Alone in The Dark, Little Big Adventure) were joined by Nintendo's legendary Shigeru Miyamoto to receive from the French Minister of Culture a medal with the honorific title of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts and Literature) - one of the highest honours the French government can bestow on any creative or artistic talent. And the weekend prior to this ceremony, the fourth annual Carrefour de l'animation (Animation Crossroad) cultural show offered the opportunity, for a small audience of passionate fans, animation and videogame students, to attend several conferences by another legend from Japan : Yoshitaka Amano, the painter-illustrator behind the imagery and character design of most of Square's Final Fantasy games since 1987. One of these conferences had a particularly original ideal - putting Amano and French game designer Michel Ancel on the same stage to talk about game and character design.