Kojima scores GDCA top honor

Famed Metal Gear Solid creator will receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Game Developers Choice Awards on March 25.

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As one of the preeminent developer powwows of the year, the Game Developers Conference is used to attracting industry luminaries from across the globe. This year's show will be of special note, however, because famed Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima will be on hand to deliver a keynote address on game design. While Kojima is in the neighborhood, show organizer Think Services is taking the opportunity to honor him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, as well.

Hideo Kojima

Today, Think Services announced that Hideo Kojima will be honored with the coveted award as part of the Game Developers Choice Awards, which will be held in conjunction with the Independent Games Festival on March 25. The ceremony will also see Harmonix cofounders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy receive the Pioneer Award for their rhythm-genre innovation, while Video Games Live cofounder Tommy Tallarico will receive the Ambassador Award.

"For years, Hideo Kojima's contributions to game development have broken new ground and inspired the community to think about creating games in never-before-imagined ways," said GDC event director Meggan Scavio. "From giving birth to the stealth action game genre to showing game makers how to interact with their players by breaking the 'fourth wall,' Kojima's achievements make him an obvious choice for [the] award."

A 23-year game-industry veteran, Kojima got his start at Konami in 1986, helping to create the Metal Gear series for the MSX system. Since then, Kojima has overseen development of every game in the critically lauded series, including 1998's breakout hit Metal Gear Solid for the original PlayStation, and has crafted other notable titles, such as Zone of the Enders and Boktai: The Sun in Your Hand.

Previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Shigeru Miyamoto, Richard Garriott, Eugene Jarvis, Mark Cerny, Gunpei Yokoi, Yuji Naka, and Will Wright. Last year, the accolade was bestowed upon Firaxis cofounder and Civilization creator Sid Meier.

Discussion

113 comments
joelgargan
joelgargan

Yes... My Idol (other than Steve Hogarth) What a man

Deathrebellion
Deathrebellion

Well he derserved it and earned it fairly and squarely :D congrats man

Stabby
Stabby

We've given out honors to many other famous developers and now another. I wonder who will win in 5-10 years time? We're running out of well known names!

Daytona_178
Daytona_178

Kojima isnt as good as people make him out to be.

lordxymor
lordxymor

Lol@haters. Kojima is truly a genius and rightfuly deserves this title.

furqan2006
furqan2006

yep he deserves it, second choice would be dan houser for gta4

Eyad-93
Eyad-93

Congratulations Kojima you deserve this award more than anyone else you'r the man

Blackviperr
Blackviperr

u desreve it more than anyone kojima.. U RULE!!!!!

plainelmo
plainelmo

This man is and always will be one step ahead of the competition. Kojima, has raised the bar and set the standard for all to follow. The gaming community salutes you, as do I.

nomis26
nomis26

Congrats Kojima. You deserve that award immensely for the infinite hours of entertainment and edge-of-your seat plotlines you gave us, and you never sacrificed comedy :) Kudos

gunswordfist
gunswordfist

I didn't know Yuji Naka already won! Anyway, Kojima definitely deserves to be awarded. I love the MGS games so much!

Sin-Thesis
Sin-Thesis

Hideo Kojima is to games what Stanley Kubrick is to film

shaderkul
shaderkul

For everyone that says Kojima does not deserve this award: open ur eyes. This is not an award given to him by a league of fanboys, these are his peers and contemporaries:developers like him. And if they say he deserves it, they probably know what they are talking about. To be recognized is one thing, but to be recognized and lauded by your counterparts is truly outstanding.

m30w_cP
m30w_cP

way overdue if you ask me

pakhair
pakhair

@dumbassed2k:

Kojima gave So much to the industry and he has spent 23 years in gaming carrer and has won the heart of so many fans across the world with his steller projects

pakhair
pakhair

@quofan:It's ur opinion that u don't like mgs or stealth genre but u can't sau kojima doesn't deserve it1. Policenauts and snatcher were revolutionary2. The concept of using cartridge as sun in Boktai was one memorable and unique thing3. Zone of Enders was an experience if u ever played it. It did so much to genre4. MGS the great stealth series not only brought stealth to gaming world but also the in-depth story telling and movie type games concept to the industry which now every one loves

5. You can not forget unique type of gameplay in every other kojima production game and cutting edge graphics and technology of MGS series

pakhair
pakhair

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Squeets
Squeets

Kojima always looks like he is casting a spell on the people photographing him... I see evil in his eyes.

Adziboy
Adziboy

@Quofan: So if I went out there and used no intelligence or skill to create 10,000 new IP's all with generic storylines, rubbish plots and bad gameplay, I'd be up for an award because I made more than 2 IPs? I think you're forgetting every single game has been a hit, with many awards and one of his games has one of the largest fan base in the world (probably, that might not be true, the fan base bit.) Imagine it like a trophy; you have to make quality games, in a span of a few years, to qualify for this platinum trophy. If you do less, you get closer, but can't quite make it. If you get the requirements, you get the trophy; congrats! If you do the trophy 500 Billion times over, you still only have 1 trophy. If you make a zillion Mario games, where most do not give to or enhance the gaming world, then you're going to be beat by a few number of games that are totally awesome. And just because you don't like MGS doesn't mean people will flame you. But, being totally ignorant and ignoring everything, will.

soroosh1985
soroosh1985

only Because of MGS series - yeas he really deserve it ........

dumassed2k
dumassed2k

I think its a bit too early in his career to be awarded one.

CyberAltair5
CyberAltair5

@ Qoufan :- Quality before Quantity. Just because he hasn't made a gazillion Mario games or 10-12 different games doesn't mean he doesn't deserve it. Any MGS fan or player as a matter of fact can agree with me that MGS has done so much not just to the Stealth Genre but the gaming industry as a whole.

gokulegacy
gokulegacy

Very nice. Kojima definitely deserves it. I don't think I've ever played a game series that had as good, complex, and fascinating of a story then the MGS series. I've played though every game multiple times and I still don't understand every last aspect of it yet. But at the same time, that's what makes it so good and makes you want to keep playing it over and over. Congrats Kojima. You truly are a god among developers.

DM2438
DM2438

I do not recall any other great games from Kojima, but having the MGS series on your resume is enough to make you a legend in my eyes. Congrats

cool4eva
cool4eva

u shud be able to get trophies on this game

mvlbr
mvlbr

Not surprised considering how good MGS4 turned out.

2door
2door

I am soo happy, congratulations. And Quofan fan I agree Kojima might not have the largest collection of games but every game has been quality and a new vision. People also tend to forget that his japanese only games Snatcher and Policenauts are amazing.

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Well, deserved, he's contributed more to the field of making players watch cut scenes than anyone else. Not just more and longer cutscenes but also provided a platform for great leaps forward in cutscene technology, especially in the field of rendering moustaches. Why, we may even be able to reach a point where that cumbersome gameplay element is removed entirely and we just have the awesome cutscenes where the characters can do all sorts of cool things the player can't be allowed to in case they mess it up. I kid, he really does deserve it it. He's made some great cutscenes with a fantastic mini game to keep us interested. I'm kind of glad he's done with MG though, I think it'd be nice to see him do something different.

Quofan
Quofan

So nobody here has bothered to question the fact that a developer who has only made two notable IP's, one of which only consists of two games and wasnt exactly acclaimed gets a lifetime acheivement award? Im not saying hes not a good developer, but I dont understand why anyone would put him on a pedestal when the likes of Will Wright, Tim Schafer, Chris and Tim Stamper, Shigeru Miyamoto, Sid Meier, Yuji Naka, Yu Suzuki, Gunpei Yokoi, Hironobu Sakaguchi, and Peter Molyneux have done so much more. Stealth gaming is not exactly a proper genre in itself, its a subgenre. As much as Kojima did for this subgenre, it is doubtful that it wouldnt exist had he not been around. Dont get me wrong, I admire his story telling (although MGS really isnt my thing - and I'll get 400 thumbs down just for saying that, MGS fanboys dont account for difference in taste). But Im not sure hes really done enough to merit it.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

"thats dumb that Harmonix people would get sometihng for "innovation" when they just stole gameplay from japanese arcade games..." BTW, Konami claims it was its idea.

Gab0205
Gab0205

Great Kojima Created One of the Best Game Franchise Ever Made !

zidanetkw
zidanetkw

Well done kojima, even thought i never played MGS 4. (Cos i own a 360) But I played the 1st 2nd 3rd, which was fantastic, amazing experience. Well-Deserved!

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Hot damn, how's about that? Not only does he get to deliver the keynote for this year's GDCA--but he gets awarded a lifetime achievement award, too. Congrats, you go Kojima! If there's anybody that deserves that for a true lifetime of (gaming) work, it's definitely him. If you ever want to know how to achieve success and dedication in game developing that last 2 decades....that's the man to look to see how it's done.

gameking5000
gameking5000

He deserves that award. He created a very classy shooter game.

jasopan
jasopan

If he dosen't get it, then no one should, needless to say, all his games are masterpieces

Thomas-Crown
Thomas-Crown

Hats off to Kojima. Here's to another 23 years. :)

Anderjak
Anderjak

Considering he's been working at it since the early days of the NES, and has consistently put out some absolutely awesome titles and series, he definitely earned it. There are VERY few developers out there who can maintain relevance as a director and writer over the course of nearly two dozen years. As to the Harmonix guys getting an award, it's not so much for them using the idea of instruments. That was done a long time ago. What they did was expand upon it and make it a far more complete experience, and pushing for DLC to become a much larger factor in rhythm games than ever before. They're paving the way for the music industry and the gaming industry to intertwine more easily and more readily. That definitely deserves mention. Congrats to Tallarico as well for Ambassador Award. Video Games Live is a great experience, and he's an amazing composer in his own right.

NightmareCV
NightmareCV

I don't think anyone can say he doesn't deserve it.

Kougeru
Kougeru

thats dumb that Harmonix people would get sometihng for "innovation" when they just stole gameplay from japanese arcade games...