Ken Kutaragi to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at GDC Awards

January 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The "Father of the PlayStation" will finally be honored by the Game Developers Choice Awards for his accomplishments while serving as the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment - bringing the masses Sony's very first home console and its subsequent iterations. Former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Ken Kutaragi will receive a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards. He'll be presented with the honor by PlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny on Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 pm at the Moscone Convention Center during the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

As the lead engineer of the PlayStation, Ken Kutaragi helped begin the era of unprecedented growth in the world of videogames, creating a system that was the first to sell over 100 million units. Its successor, the PlayStation 2, went on to become the best-selling console system of all time with 155 million units sold. Kutaragi was appointed to the position of Deputy Executive President from 2003 to 2006, overseeing the launch of the PlayStation 3. In 2007, he was named the Honorary Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Kutaragi now serves as the president and CEO of Cyber AI Entertainment Inc.

"The PlayStation has become a household name, representing some of the biggest and best gaming experiences of all time. Its success and longevity is a reflection of the insight, craft, technical prowess and hard work of the team led by Kutaragi-san, the father of the PlayStation," said Meggan Scavio, General Manager of all GDC events. "We're honored to have Kutaragi-san present at the event, and heartened to recognize a true visionary that helped bring about an unparalleled era of growth in the industry."

Lifetime Achievement recipients are chosen by the Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Committee, which includes game industry notables such as Mark Cerny, Doug Lombardi (of Valve), Harvey Smith (Arkane), Raph Koster (Independent), Chris Charla (Microsoft), and John Vechey (PopCap).

The Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m. PT at the Moscone Convention Center during the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The ceremony is open to all Game Developers Conference attendees. The show will be held immediately following the Independent Games Festival awards, and for the fourth consecutive year, those not attending GDC can watch both sets of awards show live online via GameSpot.com.

You can learn more about this year's GDC Awards by visiting www.gdconf.com.


Comments

Re: Ken Kutaragi to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at ...

Sorry this is like giving Adam Orth award for the Xbox One launch. Yes this man is the father is Playstation but his comments utterly destroyed the PS3 launch. Though I feel the PS3 is a superior product to the Xbox because of Sony and Ken's comments it took awhile for the PS3 to take off.

Its to soon maybe when we get to the PS5 or PS6 should he get any sort of reward

Re: Ken Kutaragi to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at ...

While it's true that the PS3 had a horrible start, it did pull itself out of its nose dive towards the end there. It stayed in third place, but it did okay. The PS4's launch was pretty strong, however, because they learned from their mistakes, and realized that making a more expensive machine that can look slightly better than the competition if you put in five times the effort because it's such a fucker to program for is not a good idea.

MS pissing away the considerable goodwill they earned past gen probably helped, but I think "don't shit on your customers" is part of making and marketing a console too. And there's no denying that the PS1 and PS2 were juggernauts.

Re: Ken Kutaragi to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at ...

What kills me MS did a launch on all the key aspects that caused the PS3 launch to fail and though the PS3 to me is a better product it is not number one because of the comments of this guy. 

The PS4 launch was great but the public needs time still to heal. Just imagine of this guy where to go off and tell us to get a second job to afford his system again lol

Re: Ken Kutaragi to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at ...

The PS3 didn't fail to take the top spot because Kutaragi said stupid things, it was because it cost more than the 360 and its library was shit, and by the time they got the price under control and got decent games that weren't shitty ports, it was too late.

 
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