The 'Mother of Video Games' Yu Suzuki Gets His Due At GDC

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Yu Suzuki, the man behind classic Sega video games Space Harrier, Out Run, Virtua Fighter and Shenmue, will be at this year's Game Developers Conference to receive a prestigious accolade, this year's Pioneer Award.

That commendation, presented as part of the 2011 Game Developers Choice Awards, is just one of the reasons Suzuki will be in attendance at GDC. The creator of landmark arcade games After Burner and Virtua Racing will also present a lecture at the conference, "Yu Suzuki's Gameworks: A Career Retrospective," where he'll be "discussing some of the landmark game titles that he has created over the past two decades," according to official word.

Yu Suzuki once described himself as the "mother of video games"—that is, if Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto is the father of video games—in a recent interview. He joined Sega in 1983 and currently serves as a "special adviser" at the company.

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Suzuki is currently at work on a new Shenmue project dubbed Shenmue Town, a mobile social networking title.

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I find it ridiculous that he considers himself the mother of video games. Way to toot your own horn so much, Suzuki. No one denies his contribution to games over the years but his influence on the industry as a whole is ridiculously limited compared to Miyamoto's. I could easily name people who've had much more influence on the industry:

Hideo Kojima, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Gunpei Yokoi, Satoru Iwata, Will Wright, Peter Molyneaux, Ralph Baer, Hiroshi Yamauchi.

I simply find it ridiculous for a guy that's not really made any long standing, well known, and influential series/franchises would assume he's the mother of gaming compared to Miyamoto. Kojima at least did MGS. Sakaguchi's done Final Fantasy. Yokoi is pretty much the savior of Nintendo being the inventor of one of their most lucrative product lines. He even invented the D-Pad. Will Wright has Sim City and the Sims. I mean seriously. I'm not saying Outrun, Space Harrier, and Shenmue weren't good games, but they really don't stand the test of time and are generally forgotten.

The biggest thing he did to influence modern games was introduce QTE to action titles.