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BioWare co-founders inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame

BioWare's co-founders, Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk, have been named the 14th and 15th inductees into the Academy of Arts and Sciences (AIAS) Hall of Fame, marking the first time the academy has welcomed two inductees into its hallowed halls in the same year.

Awarded in conjunction with AIAS' yearly Interactive Achievement Awards, the 'Hall of Fame' designation is reserved for individuals who have made a significant contribution to the video game industry. In an accompanying press release, AIAS president Mark Rae praised the duo for producing, “some of the most wildly successful and accomplished games, and these will resonate among gamers for a very long time."

Dubbed the 'BioWare Doctors', Muzyka and Zeschuk originally met in medical school where their joint passion for gastroenterology and acid based physiology naturally led to an interest in making games. Shortly after graduating, the pair rallied a small team of developers and programmers to form BioWare – a studio that would go on to create little known titles such as Baldur's Gate, Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Dragon Age (which also won AIAS's 2010 award for Best RPG).

"We're truly honored to represent our teams of passionate, hard-working, creative staff across the BioWare Group within Electronic Arts, and they all share this award with us," said Dr. Ray Muzyka upon receiving news of the award. "Driving BioWare's success past, present and future are the amazing family of people we have been privileged to work with over the years and our shared core values of quality in our workplace, quality in our products, and entrepreneurship in a context of humility and integrity."

Echoing his sentiments, Dr. Zeschuk added: "It's very meaningful to us as BioWare co-founders, business partners and friends for many years that the AIAS has chosen this year to be the first year that they induct two people in to the Hall of Fame simultaneously," said Dr. Greg Zeschuk. "We'd also like to thank our wives and the families of our employees for their continuous support over the years, which together with the hard work of our great teams continually enables BioWare's success."

Above: Future AIAS winner?

The last recipient to be awarded AIAS Hall of Fame entry was Mark Cerny, President of Cerny games. Past inductees also include Trip Hawkins (2005), Peter Molyneux (2004), John Carmack (2001) and, of course, its inaugural hall of famer, Shigeru Miyamoto (1998).

Dr. Muzyka and Dr. Zeschuk will receive the award at the 14th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards at AIAS' 2011 D.I.C.E summit in Las Vegas.

Dec 17, 2010

[Source: Gamustra]

5 comments

  • D0CCON - December 19, 2010 12:49 a.m.

    They earned it. Bioware is basically the videogame version of Pixar. Everything they make is kickass and even there worst game (which I would say would be Sonic Chronicles) is still very good. To the creators of some of my favorite gaming experiences ever (including my all-time favorite Mass Effect), great job. BTW, have Valve or Bungie been inducted? I'd vouch for them, too. And Bethesda while I'm at it.
  • IamNOTatalkingpony - December 18, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    BioWare is easily one of my favourite studios. Fingers crossed that they ME3 is just as fantastic as their other games!
  • papergoon - December 18, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    This is one award that was truly given out well. Bioware has been creating stellar games with deep gripping plot lines. Oh and of course graphics and playability are top tier. Glad for them :D
  • Sleuth - December 18, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    They certainly deserve the honors. I look forward to playing more Mass Effect and Dragon Age.
  • tomservo - December 17, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    Yep, keep up the good work. Mass Effect and KOTR - fantastic

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