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access_time October 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM in News by Adam Larck

Ken Levine earning lifetime achievement honor


Co-founder of Irrational Games Ken Levine will be getting the lifetime achievement honor Friday at the Golden Joystick Awards.

Levine, the creative director for both <i>BioShock</i> and <i>BioShock Infinite</i>, will be the first person in the awards 31-year history to get a lifetime achievement award.

“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,” said Tim Clark in a press release.

The awards are voted on by members of the U.K. media from Future Publishing’s array of magazines and websites.

“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,” said Levine.


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