Mark Cerny will be inducted as 2014's Development Legend at the Develop Industry Excellence Awards in Brighton, UK on July 9th.
The video games icon will join an elite few to pick up the prestigious accolade. Previous recipients include the likes of Tim Sweeney, Mark Rein, David Perry, Peter Molyneux, David Braben, Charles Cecil, Phil Harrison and Ian Livingstone.
The award acknowledges Cerny’s significant contribution to the games industry throughout his impressive career.
His debut game at age 18 was Marble Madness for Atari in 1984, the first release in a sparkling career that saw him travel the world working on major hits such as Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter, Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank, Killzone 3, and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.
Most recently Cerny is celebrated for being the mastermind behind the technical architecture of Sony’s PS4 console. The device for which he was lead system architect has already sold over seven million units, just six months after release - a games industry record.
Cerny will collect the award in person at the Develop Industry Excellence Awards, an event hosted by Develop (www.develop-online.net) and its publisher Intent Media.
"Mark Cerny is a true legend of games development," said Develop's publisher Michael French. "He is a respected games designer and hardware developer with a multi-faceted, cross-discipline skill set. He has helped shape some of the most compelling original titles in the history of interactive entertainment, and has been a true visionary in the design of new games machines. We look forward to presenting this award to him and celebrating his career on July 9th."
The Develop Awards take place at the Brighton Metropole hotel. The event honours the achievements and efforts in the last year by European games studios, global technology partners and hardworking service companies.
The finalists for the award were unveiled last week. 136 companies are in the running to win one of 24 awards. You can see the full its of nominees here: http://www.develop-online.net/news/develop-awards-2014-the-finalists-revealed/0192226
With consoles now becoming in essence small form factor PC's the gap between the console and PC is shrinking all the time. However one area where the PC still reigns supreme is the modding community. The ability to create within a game is nothing new but today Modders are able to achieve wonderful results such as the Thomas the Tank Engine in Skyrim and of cause the mods below. These awards from ModDB celebrate all that is great in the world of fan based creation.
As yet another year reaches its end, it is time to crown the 2013 Mod of the Year after 141,000 players choice votes. Usually the results are controversial and fiercely debated by the modding community, but it is hard to deny the universal praise the mod "Just Cause 2: Multiplayer" has received.
The key to our awards is not the release date but when we played the game in question.
The staff here at the site are an eclectic group. We have a plethora of gaming platforms and range of tastes in our gaming preferences from Indies to sports titles and FPS titles and everything in-between.
So we thought it would be fair for everyone to have their own say in what type of games they want to award there are only two rules the list is a top 5 and the game must have been played in 2013.
Over the run up to the new year we will be releasing our lists for you to read over and debate. We hope you find them fun and look out for a few odd lists as well.
The awards home page can be found above in the titles bar or on this link