Conference (GDC) organizers have picked Missile Command father Dave Theurer
and lawyers Ken Doroshow and Paul M. Smith to receive the group's Special
Awards during the 12th Annual Game Developers Choice
This March, Theurer will receive GDC's
Pioneer Award in honor of his landmark contributions to gaming;
specifically, his creation of the classic games Missile Command,
Tempest, and I, Robot in the 1980s, which have long been credited
with ushering in a new age of 3D graphics and revolutionary controls.
"It's very difficult to find a
game developer who doesn't have a single memory of Missile Command or
his other classic, Tempest," said Meggan Scavio, general manager
of the Game Developers Conference, in this week's announcement.
"We're delighted to honor Dave Theurer for his work as a
designer which resulted in shaping so many developers' creative drive
in the genre."
As for GDC's second Special Award, the
Ambassador Award, those honors are set to fall to lawyers Ken
Doroshow and Paul M. Smith, who successfully defended developers'
First Amendment rights during the Brown v. Electronic Merchants
Association US Supreme Court case.
"The dedication that both Doroshow
and Smith brought to the Brown v. EMA case will forever make them
heroes to anyone who understands the value of this industry,"
said Scavio, noting, "With their legal teams, these two lawyers
advanced the games industry in such a way that developers'
livelihoods and intellectual properties are protected."
Theurer, Doroshow, and Smith will
receive their awards during the 12th Annual Game
Developers Choice Award event on Wednesday, March 7, at San
Francisco's Moscone Center.