- The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), has named former President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Ken Kutaragi, the recipient of the coveted 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. The President of the AIAS said "If it wasn't for Ken and his concept of the original PlayStation, there wouldn't be the billion dollar industry there is today. His contributions have clearly set new standards for developers, publishers and consumers worldwide.". He was also praised for his passion and innovative thinking.
To quote: About Ken Kutaragi:
The "Father of PlayStation" launched his career in 1975 by joining Sony Corporation's research lab, where he earned the reputation as an excellent problem solver and forward-thinking engineer. This same reputation was confirmed over the years by Kutaragi's vision and foresight of the potential of computer entertainment. In the late 1980's, he presented his idea to build new gaming technology. This landmark proposal to Sony allowed Kataragi to bring to the market in 1994, the original PlayStation.
Just five years later, in 1999, on the heels of the PlayStation launch success, Kutaragi was named president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. During his tenure as president, he spearheaded the release of the next-generation PlayStation...