The Creative Director of BioShock and Co-Founder of Irrational Games is set to receive the inaugural award at this years ceremony.
It has recently been announced by The Golden Joystick Awards that Ken Levine is to receive the highest award in the up coming ceremony, the Lifetime Achievement award. This will be the first time in the ceremony’s 31 year history that this award will be honoured to an individual for their lifetime’s work. Levine’s accomplishments include 1999’s System Shock and 2013’s BioShock Infinite.
Levine was head of the team that created the massively popular, award winning BioShock. Currently holding the record for the highest rated first person shooter of all time, the game started the ‘games as art’ debate. His latest game which was released in March this year, currently holds a massive 88 awards to its name and has sold well over 4 million units to date.Levine is looking forward to the awards ceremony and recently said in an interview, “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.” Tim Clark from Golden Joysticks and Future Games has said, “From spaceships infected with extraterrestrial intelligence to the brutal politics of a city beyond the clouds, Ken Levine’s games transport players to new worlds that are as rich as they are dark. 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, 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 its fitting that he should be the inaugural winner of our Lifetime Achievement award.” The Golden Joystick Awards is the worlds most popular awards ceremony which celebrates the best in the gaming industry. The ceremony will take place at The Westminster Park Plaza on Friday 25th of October 2013. For more information on the ceremony visit www.goldenjoystick.com.