It was announced today that Ken Levine, co-founder and creative director for Irrational Games, will be receiving a lifetime achievement honor at this year’s Golden Joystick Awards recognizing his work from 1999’s System Shock 2 to this year’s critically acclaimed BioShock Infinite. It is the first time such an honor has been given to an individual in the history of the Golden Joystick Awards.
Tim Clark, group senior editor of publisher Future Games and of the Golden Joysticks, said in a press release:
Best known for the critically acclaimed BioShock series, his exploration of player choice and consequence, as well as his dizzying imaginative design work and storytelling, [Levine] continues to be a huge influence on game makers around the world. As this year’s BioShock Infinite proved, Levine is one of the most interesting creators working in games — and it’s fitting that he should be the inaugural winner of our Lifetime Achievement award
In response to the news, Levine had this to say:
In most fields, people begin their careers being inspired by others. In turn, they hopefully end up inspiring others. The great thing about the still-maturing nature of video games is you get to be inspired by the work of novices and veterans alike. We’re all figuring out day by day exactly what the medium is capable of.
The 2013 Golden Joystick Awards will be taking place on October 25th at the Westminster Park Plaza in London.