For his efforts in the field of game design for over twenty years, Hideo Kojima has been handed the prize for Lifetime Achievement at the ninth annual Game Developers Choice Awards.
Yet Kojima, the puppeteer behind that mesh of narrative strings known as Metal Gear Solid, announced at the ceremony that his work would continue for a long time.
Kojima, 45, said that he would never retire from the industry, and would keep making games until the day he dies. Such a vow is not rare for an industry built by individuals whose pastimes have developed into careers, yet fans of Kojima’s work will no doubt be delighted that his presence in the games industry could very well be counted in decades.
Also receiving special honours at the Game Developers Choice Awards were Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy; the two entrepreneurs who, back in 1995, formed a startup development outfit; Harmonix. Both picked up the Pioneer Award.
The duo met at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Rigopulos was a graduate of computer science and musical composition while Egozy was a graduate of computer science and electrical engineering.
After their debut title in 1998 (a PC game entitled The Axe: Titans of Rock), the team would go on to popularise the GuitarFreaks concept of playing a game with a toy guitar, and managed to successfully take that idea into the homes of millions.
A third industry individual prize was presented at the ceremony, this time awarded to Tommy Tallarico, the lifelong game musician who has worked on some 275 games.
Tallarico developed the idea of a Video Games Live concert, where memorable and iconic game music is played with a live band or orchestra. The idea has, on many evenings, draw crowds of 100,000 people, which is why Tallarico was given the Ambassador Award.