Game Developers Choice Awards to honor Miyamoto, Tetris creator

Nintendo's mad genius to get lifetime achievement trophy; Alexey Pajitnov will receive casual-game pioneer prize.

Last week, CMP Media revealed the nominees for the 2007 Game Developers Choice Awards. The awards, which are held in conjunction each year with the Game Developers Conference, are selected by members of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). The two most nominated games were Okami and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, followed by Gears of War and several offerings for the Wii, including The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Wii Sports.

In addition to honoring specific games, the ceremony will award several game-industry luminaries for their cumulative bodies of work. This year, the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto will receive a Liftetime Achievement award. Over three decades at Nintendo, Miyamoto created the Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., and Legend of Zelda franchises. Most recently, he helped design the Wii console and several of its most popular games.

Other award winners are as follows:

Tetris creator Alexey Pajitnov will receive the first Penguin Award for "diving into unknown territory." Pajitnov created Tetris in 1985 while working for the Computer Center of the Moscow Academy of Science in the Soviet Union.

Sound designer George "The Fat Man" Sanger will receive the Community Contribution Award. Since he entered the industry in 1983, Sanger has helped create the sound effects and soundtracks to more than 250 games, including Wing Commander and ATF.

Game retailer, designer, and writer Greg Costikyan will receive the Maverick Award for "taking risks by experimenting with unconventional methods." Costikyan is the founder and proprietor of Manifesto Games, an online store where independent designers can hock their low-budget PC wares.

The 2007 Game Developers Choice Awards will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will be emceed by Tim Schafer, head of Double Fine Productions and designer of Psychonauts.

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xdeiri
xdeiri

miyamoto for ever

crithon
crithon

What does "the penquin award" mean? I love Tetris and never really thought of it as "Diving into unknown territory", I always thought of it as a evolution of psychology puzzel games.

mjk_1
mjk_1

well they were the building blocks for gaming, literally

lzorro
lzorro

Penguin award......Now that's the coolest name you could give an award. Congratulations Shiggy!

1357900
1357900

Yeah, Shigeru Miyamoto! In the lyrics/words of that old commercial advertising Nintendo Power back in the early ninties, "You've got the power, Nintendo Power!" And Yeah.. It IS GOOD to see game developers getting their due props, just like other-media artists. And to ALL the game developers reading this, "You Rock in Surround Sound Stereo!"!

racerx737
racerx737

It's good that game developers get recognized in similar manners to artists in other medias.

Goku2639
Goku2639

he deserves it. hes the greatest developer of last year and maybe even this year

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

sweet, people know talent when they see it and he created some master peices

iDIVIDEBYZER0
iDIVIDEBYZER0

Is this their first lifetime achievement award? If not then who got the award before Miyamoto? It doesnt make sense to give other people the award before Miyamoto who is probably the oldest developer that is still extremely busy to this day. I guess weirder things have happened. The Rock Hall of Fame inducts a lot of unfamous bands before mega bands like Pink Floyd.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Every one of those nominees deserves it. Well done.

lzorro
lzorro

They all deserve it :)

Kbs64
Kbs64

Congrats to Alexey Pajitnov, Shigeru Miyamoto and George Sanger. You guys are my heros.

BigB10123
BigB10123

Alexey hell yeah. Tetris is still the best game ever.

TheWii
TheWii

miyamoto....ur freaking awsome!!

micahismyname
micahismyname

i havn't been keeping up with this awards ceromony, (to be honest, this is the first i've hear of it) but wouldn't Miyamoto win this award every year? Who else has a name in the video game industry? I doubt the lifetime achievment has ever gone to anyone else

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

well congratulations to both,Mr Miyamoto is the greatest video game designer alive,thanks Miyamoto for your creativeness and genius.

anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

Alexey Pajitnov also made Hexic! That game is addicting!

crithon
crithon

Alexey Pajitnov definatly deserives an award for Tetris alone.... but what has he done since? "Hat-ris?"

fox3586
fox3586

Congrats to all the brains behind great games!

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

Pungaboy I think his latest game he made was Hexic HD for XBox Live Arcade.

pungaboy
pungaboy

Does anybody know what Pajitnov is doing these days? I heard he was a programmer at Microsoft, but I'm not sure if that's accurate. Is he still working in the games industry?

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

I wonder what Miyamoto's house looks like, is it all cluttered with game ideas and warp pipes or is it funky colours and full of barrels! (I bet he has a 109" plasma tv to play some zelda on)

theKSMM
theKSMM

I'd never heard of Manifesto Games before now. I'll have to bookmark this page and come back to check it out later... The recipients mentioned in the article are seem quite worthy of the awards being bestowed upon them.

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

yay miyamoto! yay pajitnov! tetris is so awesome

cec985
cec985

Nintendo and Miyamoto saved the videogame industry, all I have to say is thanks , also Pajitnov for Tetris, hope it gets to XBLA

nynthninja
nynthninja

uberjannie >>> you must have not been born before the NES was released

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

"Since he entered the industry in 1983, Sanger has helped create the sound effects and soundtracks to over 250 games, including music and sound designer for more than 250 games, including Wing Commander and ATF." Am I seeing double?

jkdeadite
jkdeadite

The headline is sort of misleading. It makes it seem as though Miyamoto is the creator of Tetris. I was like, "wha?" :)

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

uberjannie im sure there just giving awards to guys that have been around for many years. Cliffy im sure was at home playing mario bros in his pajama's when Miyamoto mania was running wild.

kuroinindato
kuroinindato

Congrats to all the winners, very well deserved. and to Miyamoto-sama: THX for all that gaming goodness !!! I can't even imagine nowadays' gaming industry without his genius.

brosim1104
brosim1104

Miyamoto is for sure the best of all but i think Kojima, Sakagutsi and even Mikaji should take an award too...

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

Miyamoto and Pajitnov deserve it.

GIJesse77
GIJesse77

Didn't this guy create Hexic HD?

uberjannie
uberjannie

Cliffy b deserves it. But i think they are forgetting Sid Meier, he is a genius :) He should definately recieve something like that...

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

Schafer ought to get something. If more people actually bought the stuff he's created, they'd realize that he's a rare creative genius too.

xdr789
xdr789

The Gears of War creator just got a but load of awards too

zsc4
zsc4

Congratulations i guess, well deserved.

Doolum
Doolum

Miyamoto deserves this honour.

tk1080
tk1080

woo! go Miyamoto! best game designer ever!

meesey01
meesey01

Nice work Miyamoto, he needs all the recognition he can get. If he wasn't there imagine what Nintendo would be like...wait dont!