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Kutaragi to receive GDCA Lifetime Achievement Award

By Rachel Weber

Kutaragi to receive GDCA Lifetime Achievement Award

Tue 28 Jan 2014 2:10pm GMT / 9:10am EST / 6:10am PST

"Father of the PlayStation" will be honoured at event in March

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The 14th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards in March will see Ken Kutaragi, former CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, presented with Lifetime Achievement Award.

"The PlayStation has become a household name, representing some of the biggest and best gaming experiences of all time," said Meggan Scavio, General Manager of all GDC events.

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. We're honoured 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."

PlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny will be present Kutaragi with his award at the ceremony on March 19.

Kutaragi is currently president and CEO of Cyber AI Entertainment and a visiting professor at Ritsumeikan University. During his time at Sony he was founding member, former chairman, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment and the lead engineer on the original PlayStation.

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Steve Wetz Reviewer/Assistant Editor, Gamer's Glance

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I bet news like this makes Nintendo wish they had a DeLorean so they could revisit that technology development deal they walked away from with Sony... that ol' project they called PlayStation.

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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I doubt it, Steve. That deal would have made Nintendo nothing more than a 1st party studio to Sony. While things are looking rough for them right now, they've since that failed deal earned billions in profits. Far exceeding what SCE has in the same time period.

Congrats to Ken. Rather surprised he wasn't already honored with this award. Though I do enjoy the symbolism of the changing of the technical guard by having Cerny present the award.

Posted:2 years ago


Steve Wetz Reviewer/Assistant Editor, Gamer's Glance

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I was referring to the CD-ROM add-on that Sony co-developed with Nintendo for the Super NES (revealed at CES 1991). So actually the reverse is true, since Nintendo would almost certainly have branded the device as the "Nintendo... whatever" and Sony would have been the 1st party.

Instead, Ken took the project independent once Nintendo went with Phillips instead and the result was the Playstation, creating in the process a rival for Nintendo (Sony) that might have never existed in the first place. It's pretty safe to say that had Nintendo continued development with Sony, no one would be starting rumors about Nintendo going mobile now.

Posted:2 years ago


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