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Yu Suzuki selected for Developers Choice Award

Shenmue creator honoured as pioneer, with GDC Conference Associates given prizes as ambassadors

Yu Suzuki, creator of Shenmue, Hang On, Out Run and Virtua Fighter, has been honoured with the Game Developers Choice Pioneer award, to be presented in person at GDC in San Francisco next month.

Suzuki's career has spanned over 30 years since joining SEGA in 1983, creating several arcade and home console classics, defining the very genres he sometimes invented. Suzuki wil also be giving a presentation on game design during the conference.

Also selected for awards were Tim Brengle and Ian MacKenzie, managers of the GDC Conference Associates program - who will both be presented with the Ambassador award for their services to the industry.

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