Arcade icon and Atari alumnus Ed Logg
has been pegged to receive The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
(AIAS) 2012 Pioneer Award during the organization's 15th
Annual Interactive Awards next February.
Logg is widely regarded as one of
the founding fathers of videogaming, having co-developed well known
coin-op games for Atari such as Asteroids, Super Breakout, Centipede,
and Gauntlet back in the late '70s and early '80s. Logg also dabbled in the
home console field, writing code for Tengen's version of Tetris for
the NES, and later working on Wayne Gretzky 3D Hockey and San
Francisco Rush for the N64.
“Ed’s body of work is brilliant and
game-changing,” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive
Arts & Sciences in today's announcement. “His games defined an
era, spurred new genres, and influenced new technology that is still
utilized today and has inspired generation after generation of game
designers with his vision. Without Ed, many of the games that we have
today would never have existed.”
currently resides in California where he continues to tinker with
game development. Reflecting on AIAS's honor, he noted: "It
feels a little strange receiving this Pioneer Award. Just think about
it, they were paying me to have fun creating games at a time when the
industry was just getting started and every game was something new."
is the third year for AIAS's Pioneer Award. The first honors went to
Activision co-founder David Crane in 2010, with last year's award
falling to Bill Budge, a longtime game designer and current Google
Annual Interactive Awards will be held on February 9, 2012 at the Red
Rocket Resort in Las Vegas.