Todd Howard’s about to win the Lifetime Achievement Award at GDC this year. Does he deserve it? Yes. Yes he does. To think otherwise is silly. You can say that Bethesda games have begun to lose their luster, and might be a little rough around the edges, but they – and Fallout 3 & 4- have been seminal. Many hours were lost, lovingly, to all of his games by millions.
And you Todd Howard to thank for bringing open word games to the masses. While The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind was his first major success, he’s been doing this open world thing since way before that. Let’s not forget The Terminator: Future Shock in 1995. For over two decades, he’s been paving the way for open world games.
Meggan Scavio puts it better than I can:
“The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series present gamers with fully realized worlds filled with vast landscapes, and mystery at every corner. We’re proud to honor the visionary developer for his leadership in creating these universes. When you’re completely captivated by these detailed worlds, it’s easy to forget the level of dedicated work and creativity that went into every square inch. This award reflects on the amazing craft of Todd Howard and his team in making worlds as real as anything on Earth.”
Howard joins the ranks of:
2015: Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy series)
2014: Ken Kutaragi
2013: Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk (Bioware)
2012: Warren Spector (Deus Ex, System Shock, Thief: The Dark Project)
2011: Peter Molyneux (God games)
2010: John Carmack (Doom series)
2009: Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear series)
2008: Sid Meier (Civilization series and many different simulators)
2007: Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Mario, Donkey Kong and The Legend of Zelda)
2006: Richard Garriott (Ultima)
2005: Eugene Jarvis (Defender and Robotron: 2084)
2004: Mark Cerny (SEGA, Sonic the Hedgehog)
2003: Gunpei Yokoi (1941–1997) (Game Boy, Super Mario Land series, Metroid series)
2002: Yuji Naka (Sonic the Hedgehog)
2001: Will Wright (Sim games)
The GDC Awards will take place March 16th.
To find out more about the event, visit the official site.
Now excuse me while I wait patiently for Elder Scrolls VI. Maybe I’ll get around to finishing Fallout 4 before then.