The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the interactive arts. Founded in 1996, the Academy, has more than 20,000 members, and has handed out numerous awards in over 20 categories since. In February of 2017, Todd Howard will join the upper echelons of the gaming world. Howard will be inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame which includes such names as Shigeru Miyamoto (1998), Sid Miere (1999), and Hideo Kojima (2016).
Todd Howard has already received recognition with Fallout 4. The post-apocalyptic game won Game of the Year for 2015, a well deserved honor. Howard exudes passion when it comes to his projects at Bethesda. If you’ve seen any of his interviews from past E3s it is clear the man loves his work, and that shines through in the games he and his team create. He is the perfect candidate to be included in the prestigious Hall of Fame.
A statement from AIAS details the reasoning behind their decision:
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce its 22nd Hall of Fame recipient, Todd Howard, Executive Producer and Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios, who has created some of the industry’s most successful games by pioneering open-world gameplay. Howard has been integral in the creative direction and growth of such well-loved franchises as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, which have been recipients of numerous D.I.C.E. Awards throughout the years. Both The Elder Scrolls and Fallout are known for their experiential approach to world-building and storytelling. The scale of their open worlds, variety of questlines, and near-endless cast of characters has ensured no two players have the same experience.
The 2017 Hall of Fame Award will be presented to Howard during the 20th D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony on Thursday, February 23, 2017. His long time colleague, Pete Hines, will be honoring Todd Howard with the award. The D.I.C.E. awards will be held at the Delano Hotel and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas February 21st-23rd.
I couldn’t think of a better man to receive this honor. What about you geeks? Do you think this is a good choice? Who else would you like to see be inducted into the Hall of Fame? Join the conversation in the comments below!