Each year the Game Developers Choice Awards single out one member of the gaming industry whose contributions helped shape what video games are today, awarding them the highest honor they can bestow - the Lifetime Achievement Award. This year, Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima joins past winners such as Richard Garriott, Sid Meier, Will Wright, and Shigeru Miyamoto as the latest in a long line of rightfully celebrated gaming luminaries.
"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 Meggan Scavio, event director of the Game Developers Conference. "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..."
Congratulations, Hideo Kojima. They may single you out as the Metal Gear creator, but you'll always be the producer on the Zone of the Enders series to me.
As reported previously, Kojima will also be on hand at the Game Developers Conference to deliver a keynote on creative game design challenges, showing off the creative mind that earned him the award.
The 2009 Game Developers Choice Awards will take place on March 25th in the Esplanade Room in the South Hall of San Francisco's Moscone Center. If Kotaku isn't on hand for the event, something will have gone horribly, horribly wrong.