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.
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.