Following awards given to the likes of John Carmack, Shigeru Miyamoto, Gabe Newell, Peter Molyneux, and Nolan Bushnell, Tim Schafer will receive this year’s prestigious BAFTA Fellowship. His notable works consisting of pioneering point and click adventure games of old such as Full Throttle, Day of the Tentacle, and Grim Fandango. Outside of LucasArts games, Tim Schafer’s more recent works at Double Fine are Broken Age, Brutal Legend, and the Psychonauts series. The BAFTA Fellowship award is given in recognition of Schafer’s creative contribution to the video game industry.
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive at BAFTA, said:
“Tim Schafer is a true pioneer of game design, who has pushed the boundaries of the medium through his extraordinary talents. With a career spanning three decades, his diverse body of work includes some of the most iconic and best-loved adventure games, all characterised by his powerful storytelling and distinctive comedic writing style. We are honoured to be presenting him with the BAFTA Fellowship.”
Tim Schafer is exceptionally well-regarded in the industry for not only his creative works but also being a leader in the name of success. Breaking records, one of his Kickstarters more than tripled the goal in under a day. In addition, Schafer has started a wonderful endeavor called Fig. This site is being used to gather fans for the purpose of publishing and crowdfunding indie titles as well as larger, more established titles. Some of these titles include Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire, Wasteland 3, and one I’m most looking forward to: Phoenix Point. Tim Schafer commented:
“I am surprised, humbled, and honored to be receiving the BAFTA Fellowship this year. BAFTA’s long-standing support of video games and championing of creativity and strong storytelling in that medium, have had an extremely positive impact and I’m very grateful to be recognized by them with this Fellowship.”
Hell, I grew up playing Full Throttle, Day of the Tentacle, and Monkey Island (which he also worked on), so I love seeing Tim getting recognized. Seems well-deserved considering his impact on the industry.
What do you geeks think? Who else would you like to receive this award in the future? Let us know below!