Yu Suzuki has been inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) Hall of Fame. The award was presented in conjunction with the DICE Summit in Las Vegas last week - not to be confused with anybody's weekly Battlefield 1942 adventures - and recognises the art and science inherent in Suzuki's work.
The Hall of Fame Award is decided by the AIAS board of directors and embodies the highest standards for consideration, including: "pioneering a new genre or redefining an existing genre with significant advance; influencing other designers and products; demonstrating the highest level of creativity and innovation which results in ongoing cultural significance and influence; and consistent product success of a scale that expands the scope of the industry."
"Yu Suzuki's video games have helped to enhance awareness and appreciation for this interactive art form and we are pleased to honor him for his leadership and innovation with this year's Hall of Fame Award," said Paul Provenzano, President of AIAS.
Suzuki's triumphs include Outrun, Space Harrier, Shenmue, Virtua Fighter and many more, and if anybody deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, it's him. And to celebrate the occasion, we've whisked 12 exclusive screenshots of his latest, Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution, out of newly self-publishing Sega Europe. Hurrah! Enjoy.
For complete coverage of the AIAS awards, where EA and Nintendo also made significant gains, head over to GI.biz.