Hideo Kojima: Recipient of Honorary Award by the Academy of the Arts and Interactive Science
Hideo Kojima, one of the most influential creators in the videogame world, will be presented with the Honorary Award by the Academy of the Arts and Interactive Science at Gamelab 2011, the Spanish Games Conference and Expo. He is receiving this award for his influential contribution to the merging of different arts like literary writing, movie visuals, music excellence and innovative technologies into video games.
The Academy of the Arts and Interactive Science has decided to institutionalize this award which will be granted annually and will be chosen by the Board of Directors. The goal is to honor those creators and professionals, both Spanish and international, that have contributed with their work to improving the videogame industry, from the artistic or industrial point of view. Kojima will be receiving the Honorary Award in Barcelona, as part of the activities scheduled for Gamelab 2011 (June 29th-July 1st).
At 47, the Japanese creator is one of the most highly respected figures in the Japanese and worldwide gaming scene. This is partially due to his innovative work on the Metal Gear saga that started in 1987 and 20 years later, is still alive and considered by many as one of the best game series in History. In the subsequent installments of the saga, Konami’s creative genius manages to capture one of his major obsessions -a nearly perfect combination between cinematography and game play.
Kojima has created many successful titles like “Snatcher” and “Policenauts”; and he has also been in charge of games like “Zone of the Enders” and “Bokutai”.
Recently Hideo Kojima was in the news in Spain because of his collaboration with the Madrid-based studio Mercury Steam in the creation of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, one of the largest Spanish game projects in history, and the first project the Japanese giant has trusted to a studio outside of Japan.