Harmonix founders earn GDC honors

Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy to receive Pioneer Award at Game Dev Choice Awards; Brutal Legend creator Tim Schafer to host ceremony.

The Game Developers Choice Awards is a ceremony held each year for game makers to honor their own, but this year's show may as well be a concert. The show's organizers announced the host of the event today as well as this year's recipients of the Pioneer and Ambassador Awards, all of whom reside comfortably at the intersection of games and music.

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This year's Pioneer Award winners are Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, cofounders of the musically inclined development studio Harmonix. Rigopulos and Egozy have spent more than a decade making acclaimed rhythm games such as Amplitude and Frequency, but are best known for creating the Guitar Hero series, as well as its biggest competitor, Rock Band.

According to GDC organizer Think Services, the Pioneer Award "celebrates those individuals responsible for developing a breakthrough technology, game concept, or gameplay design at a crucial juncture in video game history, paving the way for the many developers who followed them."

The musical ties are even stronger for this year's Ambassador Award recipient, Tommy Tallarico. One of the first game music composers to gain any measure of recognition, Tallarico was originally known for scoring such 16-bit efforts as the Genesis action games Aladdin and Global Gladiators, and the multiplatform Earthworm Jim. These days, Tallarico is also known as the cofounder of Video Games Live, a touring concert series that features orchestral renditions of classic gaming anthems.

The purpose of the award is to honor "an individual who has helped the game industry advance to a better place, either through facilitating a better game community from within, or by reaching outside the industry to be an advocate for video games to help further the art."

Double Fine founder Tim Schafer will reprise his role as the host of the Game Developers Choice Awards. To do so, he'll have to take a break from developing his own music-tinted game, the multiplatform Brutal Legend. Set for release through the EA Partners program, Brutal Legend tells the story of a rock roadie's journey to hell.

The Game Developers Choice Awards will be doled out on March 25 in San Francisco as part of this year's Game Developers Conference.

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10679
10679

the singing component in rockband is also broken. its better to hum then actually try to sin lol. you gurantee to pass every song if you hum properly

XeonForce
XeonForce

Harmonix and Media Molecule are awesome and creative gaming studios with amazing games this year, I'm glad one of them won. =)

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

As much as I despise Harmonix for their attitude (like dropping a random F-bomb in a professional interview) and as much as I like Guitar Hero better in every facet (except the singing mechanic) Harmonix deserves it. After all, there'd be no Guitar Hero if they hadn't made it!

diduseethatduck
diduseethatduck

Sins-of-Mosin Posted Feb 3, 2009 8:06 pm GMT I just love when a industry makes rewards so they can honor themselves... how classy. haha, you said rewards. who likes to get drunk?

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Oh man. raahsnavj. I agree that whoever put that visions song in should be shot. I can finish Green Grass and High Tides on Expert guitar but I can't even beat Visions on hard Bass. XD.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Awesome work! I absolutely love RB and Harmonix for giving it to us. However, they should still fire whoever put "Visions" in the game... It's one of those bonus songs that is utter crap, that was forced into the endless setlist... worst design decision ever. Luckily few people will ever unlock it or try the endless setlist and have this garbage forced on them.

bobazz
bobazz

really cool. i love rock band cus i playing drums and guitar(not so good but any way) now i can feel like im a good guitar/drum player

captainwonton
captainwonton

You gotta be very creative to make people buy a plastic guitar, drums, and make them feel like they are playing the real thing, way to go for these two, lets just hope they dont get stuck there

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I just love when a industry makes rewards so they can honor themselves... how classy.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Congratulations for them on all their hard work.

wild09
wild09

Awesome, Tim Schafer's hosting again. He was great host in 2007.

gnbfd
gnbfd

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