BioWare cofounders to enter AIAS Hall of Fame

Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk set for induction for career credits including Baldur's Gate, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

For the last 13 years, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has inducted one gaming luminary into its Hall of Fame per year. For next year, the AIAS will break with tradition to add two new creators to its hallowed Hall: BioWare cofounders Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk.

Mass Effect 2 was the latest in a string of hits for BioWare.

After getting their start creating medical software, Muzyka and Zeschuk established a reputation for BioWare as a talented developer of role-playing games like Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights. Since then, the developer has produced a number of high-profile hits, including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age. The company's current slate includes follow-up installments for each of those, with Star Wars: The Old Republic being the company's first entry into the massively multiplayer online world.

According to the AIAS, induction into the Hall of Fame is "bestowed on game creators whose efforts and contributions have expanded the scope and success of the interactive entertainment industry." Muzyka and Zeschuk will be inducted by Epic Games president Mike Capps at the 14th annual Interactive Achievement Awards, set for February 10 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. As in previous years, the ceremony will be part of the D.I.C.E. Summit.

Previous AIAS Hall of Fame inductees include Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario, Zelda), Sid Meier (Civilization), Will Wright (SimCity, the Sims), and Yu Suzuki (Shenmue, After Burner). A full list of Hall of Famers along with their contributions to the industry is available at the AIAS Web site.

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GiRiSh1982
GiRiSh1982

I've been playing Mass Effect 2 on PS3 like crazy, I love that game

GiRiSh1982
GiRiSh1982

I've been playing Mass Effect 2 on PS3 like crazy, I love that game

hamidsanavandi
hamidsanavandi

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anthonycg
anthonycg

I still play ME2. Dunno why but I do.

Couerl
Couerl

Star Wars MMO 101 history lesson: SWG pre CU was interesting and HUGELY succesful and FUN for ADULTS! After they dumbed it down for kids it dried up and died.. Note to BIOWARE: Adults have credit cards and pay for subscriptions, kids by and large DON"T! :)

wis3boi
wis3boi

Well deserved. I haven't been impressed with many games as of late, and companies like BioWare keep me happy. Sure their stories are a bit unoriginal in theme, but they are finely crafted and have immersion and acting like no other.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

@Kan0nF0dder A step backward? Really? You can't be serious. How come every time Bioware goes in a new direction with their games people condemn them for it? I'm talking to all of the DA2 nay-sayers by the way. Try to think of where BW would be if every one of their games was another KoTOR.

pandehz
pandehz

Though i wish entire bioware company would be given this honour too.

pandehz
pandehz

Finally some genuinely well deserved recognition, not like they needed it.

rasterror
rasterror

Very much deserved. I have been playing their games since KOTOR and every game since then, including the Sonic RPG, has been outstanding. From gameplay to story everything has been top notch. I can't wait for Old Republic, DA II and ME III.

Kan0nF0dder
Kan0nF0dder

Definitely deserved, although I would say that DragonAge/Mass Effect are, from a games = art perspective, a step backwards. Baldur's Gate/KOTOR were something else...truly two of the greatest games of all time.

FentonDead
FentonDead

I loved Bioware since the first Baldur's Gate game. They make excellent games in my mind. So congrats to Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk for this achievement.

tenakakhan
tenakakhan

Bioware are one of the few genuinely talented, integrity-driven, quality-oriented developers out there. They've always been as interested in making great games as they have been in making profits, and understand that to make money in this industry you have to spend it. All power to them!

Arkady_16
Arkady_16

I have always loved Bioware since Baldur's Gate, Plus they are based in a city not far from me so gotta support the local company if they kick ass :).

Kid2812
Kid2812

Havent played any Bioware games, but i cant wait for Mass Effect 2 (ps3) after reading this

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

They deserve to OWN that hall of fame. They've got nothing but better at making games in the past 15 years.

Iketeru_Guy
Iketeru_Guy

@ShootumUP26 >>Congrats! They sure as heck deserve it Doctor, Doctor, Doctor, DOCTOR! Wow. Was that a BRAIN DONORS reference? That spells cash with a capital K!

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Congrats to them, I can't say a more fitting track record as theirs shouldn't belong there. Hell, looking at previous inductees I'd say that ain't a bad group to be included in! Kudos gentlemen, you've guys have certainly earned it, ;)

Torff
Torff

Bioware is awesome :)

ssjdagas
ssjdagas

They've made some of the best games ever. They deserve it =)

CrookedCrown
CrookedCrown

good to hear, they definitely deserve it...every single bioware game I've played, I have thoroughly enjoyed :)

Kazara_T
Kazara_T

I feel that EA has really gotten a lot better over the past few years in terms of taking risks and standing behind the quality of their products. There was an observable shift the year their CEO made the "fewer, better games" statement and they put out Mirror's Edge and Dead Space. And as EA has improved, Activision has stepped in to take the mantle of gaming's Galactic Empire. I feel better about where my money is going when I buy something with an EA logo these days than an Activision logo. On the subject of the induction, they sure deserve it. I don't suppose anyone who goes into interactive entertainment ever foresees being able to say "I'd like to thank the Academy..."

Lawrencevanrijn
Lawrencevanrijn

Why was Neverwinter nights not on that list? It set a new standard in RPG gaming when it was released.

church3209
church3209

they deserve it and then some. all those games have blown my mind in one way or another.

Samrat_Ashok
Samrat_Ashok

There ought to be a big prize, for the best game devs out there....Kind of like a Nobel prize for the greatest game developer. Maybe not that serious and all, but it will be nice, to see games appreciated in that manner.

ShootumUP26
ShootumUP26

Congrats! They sure as heck deserve it Doctor, Doctor, Doctor, DOCTOR!

Tokinblckgie
Tokinblckgie

EA and Activisionare definitey not bad at publishing solid/great, high selling games. All I'm saying is that some of the criticisms against them from gamers are understandable. If customers are buying their products, they have a right to voice their concerns and complaints regarding these companies so long as it's not just blind fanboyism. Just because EA and Activision are in the business of making money doesn't mean that people should just be okay with all of their money making antics. Certainly not when they either take away from the depth and immersiveness of certain franchises or opt to put out cash grab after cash grab instead of focusing on maknig the best product they can.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Tokinblckgie Who does love them? They haven't done a bad job with Mass Effect, Battlefield, Call Of Duty or Worl Of Warcraft so far. Money's money and a 1 off charge for dlc is a heck of alot cheaper then spending more then that in a nights drinking or on cigs.

Tokinblckgie
Tokinblckgie

@MEDzZ3RO EA and Activision are mostly publishers. They acquire different development companies like Bioware and others and simply fund and advertise their games. And their corporate interests, imo, aren't something to be praised. Not when their goal is to make the most money possible instead of making the best games possible. ps I don't hate them, but I definitely don't love them either.

Scianix-Black
Scianix-Black

I'm Commander Shepard and Bioware is my favorite store on the Citadel.

Chunkman
Chunkman

I love it. I love BioWare. Mass Effect in particular has become a fantastic franchise, and while I thought DA:O was only pretty good (probably because I have the 360 version, and it truly feels like it was made exclusively for the PC) Dragon Age 2 looks great. Also, BioWare is Canadian content at its finest. They're like a shining beacon of awesome for gaming cred North of 49.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

I find it amusing how much stick publishers get; in particular EA and Activision. They've both been around for years and have got plenty of successful games under their belts; there aren't many better developpers out there. Does everyone forget they are running a business at the end of the day and will charge where they can.

franky111
franky111

This is awesome! Now with this incredible title under their belts, they can tell those fat money hoarders at EA to shove it.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

@Nodashi that, and get away from EA as well.

Laiska_pummi
Laiska_pummi

BioWare and Bethesda have set the... how do you say it... stone(?) to RPG genre in every aspect.

Nodashi
Nodashi

They deserve it. Bioware is THE best RPG brand out there nowadays imho. Hope they keep earning and being recognized so they continue making those great games I enjoy so much.

thanatosser
thanatosser

Love this, but I hope when they get their award, someone else gets the exact same one slightly later, but then the AIAS add better graphics in a new engine and lots of expensive DLC at a fraction of the price!!

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

Baldur's Gate, the RPG that took my hand and showed me the way. Congrats to all of your success BioWare, and may it commence. :)

revanknight
revanknight

now let's see if black isle gets any recognition, they deserve it too.

Zloth2
Zloth2

When they come up to the stage to accept the reward, somebody needs to stop them, point back at the other folks from BioWare, and tell them that they need to gather their party before venturing forth. ;) Definitely well deserved!

revanknight
revanknight

BIOWARE, I salute you! KOTOR made my jaw drop more than once due to its ingenuity and is my favorite game of all time(its also what got me into RPGs). I am also a huge fan anything they dish out. keep making awesome games Bioware, there is no company quite like you! and make a KOTOR 3 its not too much trouble ;)

vortex_gw
vortex_gw

My top 3 games of all time are Bioware games so... the doctors are awesome! I will buy every game they put out.

calm_syrface
calm_syrface

Mass Effect really blew me away the first time i played. Other than Fallout 3 and a couple other hot titles lately it's been all Bioware.

blackace
blackace

Definitely well deserved. Naughty Dog and Blizzard should be next really. There are a LOT of developers that could go into the Hall of Fame.

kiopta1
kiopta1

I think the thing that Bioware has done is create a new genre of games...in which story, character, action, environment, and CHOICE...matter. The formula used for the Mass Effect trilogy can be applied to many future games. To me this formula takes a great novel, an epic movie...uses the Hadon Collider to put them together and places you in the middle with the power to morph the world/galaxy to your will. Where else have you been able to experience that. GO BIOWARE!

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

@wexorian o no no , never mentioned anything about graphics in my first post. Graphics are almost always better on pc. If i commented on graphics, i'd say something like, consoles hold graphics technology back. This isnt the place to further discuss that, however. @Greyfox327 kotor (as well as bg1) is a masterpiece, IDK why you mentioned it since it's relatively old. I meant dragon age 2 and mass effect 2. bg1 and 2 are beautiful, i can handle the visuals just fine :)

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

@wexorian o no no , I wrote gameplay quality staircase, never mentioned anything about graphics, which is obviously better on the PC. This isnt the place to further discuss that, however.