Ken Levine, co-founder and creative director of BioShock and BioShock Infinite developer Irrational Games, will receive a lifetime achievement honor at this year's Golden Joystick Awards, the studio announced today.
It is the first time in the 31-year history of the Golden Joystick Awards that its voters have honored someone with a lifetime achievement award.
The voters are recognizing Levine's work as a singular creative voice in the gaming industry, starting with System Shock 2 in 1999 and continuing through the present with the acclaimed BioShock Infinite. Levine is currently working on the second half of that game's downloadable add-on, Burial at Sea, as well as a screenplay for a remake of Logan's Run.
"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. 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," said Tim Clark, group senior editor of publisher Future Games and of the Golden Joysticks, in a press release.
"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," said Levine.
The 2013 Golden Joystick Awards, which are selected by members in the U.K. media from Future's slate of video game magazines and websites, will take place this Friday, Oct. 25, at the Westminster Park Plaza in London.