Game Boy Creator Gunpei Yokoi to Receive IGDA'S Lifetime Achievement Award At The 3rd Annual Game Developers Choice Awards
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - February 20, 2003 - The International
Game Developers Association (IGDA) will recognize legendary game developer
Gunpei Yokoi for the innovative work he produced during his career. Yokoi
will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers
Choice Awards ceremony on March 6 during CMP Media's Game Developers Conference
(GDC) in San Jose, Calif. Last year's recipient, Yuji Naka, will be presenting
the award, which Yokoi's family will be accepting on his behalf.
"I am as deeply honored to be presenting this award as I was to receive
it," said Yuji Naka, president and CEO, SONICTEAM, LTD., a SEGA development
studio. "To have a life's work recognized by other game creators is
the most meaningful honor one could receive."
In a career spanning nearly three decades, Yokoi is best known as the creator
of the Nintendo Game Boy. Overwhelmingly popular since its launch, the Game
Boy and its successors have sold more than 142 million units worldwide.
During his early years at Nintendo, Yokoi led the company's entry into the
video game space, creating the Game & Watch -- a credit card-sized video
game that introduced the cross-shaped directional pad. He went on to collaborate
with Shigeru Miyamoto to design arcade classics such as "Donkey Kong," "Mario
Brothers" and "Metroid."
In 1996, Yokoi founded Koto Laboratory, while continuing to consult for Nintendo.
Tragically, Yokoi was killed in a traffic accident the following year.
"Gunpei Yokoi is the forefather of the portable video game industry," said
Jason Della Rocca, program director, IGDA. "His innovation and creativity
are sorely missed in our community. We're proud to recognize Yokoi-san and
his work with the Lifetime Achievement Award."
The Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Board selects the recipient of
the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The ceremony for the 3rd annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier
accolades for peer-recognition in game development, is scheduled to take
place at 6:30 p.m. on March 6, 2003, at the GDC. Produced by the Gama Network,
the GDC is the world's largest conference and exposition dedicated to video
game development and related industries.
The Game Developers Choice Awards are proudly sponsored by Nvidia and Renderware.
About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
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