Ken Levine, co-founder of Irrational Games and creator of BioShock and BioShock Infinite, will be awarded the very first lifetime achievement honor during this year’s Golden Joystick Awards, the studio revealed today.
“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,” Tim Clark, group senior editor of publisher Future Games and the Golden Joysticks, said in a press release. “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.”
“In most fields, people begin their careers being inspired by others,” Ken Levine said. “In turn, they hopefully end up inspiring others. The great thing about the still-maturing nature of videogames 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.”
The 2013 Golden Joystick Awards takes place this Friday, October 25, at the Westminster Park Plaza in London. Awards are chosen by members of the U.K. gaming press among publisher Future’s various gaming magazines and websites, including CVG, GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, Official PlayStation Magazine, Edge, and PC Gamer.