Ken Levine, the luminary behind BioShock, System Shock 2 and BioShock Infinite, will have his achievements honoured with a special award at this year's Golden Joysticks, the UK games award ceremony.
Upon hearing the news, Levine took a moment to contemplate the time he has spent in the industry: “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.”
Apparently film director Guillermo del Toro describred Levine as ‘one of the best world creators in any of the visual forms’, which is interesting indeed, since he's also penning a script based on the original Logan’s Run for Warner Bros.
“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," explained Tim Clark, the group senior editor of the Golden Joysticks panel.. "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.”"
Whether you were awed or underwhelmed by BioShock Infinite, there's no denying that Levine's work over the last two decades has resulted in some seriously impressive games. He even co-created the Thief canon, remember. As you'd expect, Infinite is also nominated for several awards including best visual design and best storytelling.
The Golden Joystick Awards will take place at The Westminster Park Plaza on Friday 25th October, 2013. More details here.