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Warren Spector Lifetime Achievement Award

The Game Developers Choice Awards announce that Warren Spector will be the recipient of a lifetime achievement award at the 12th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards next month. Here's a blurb on how he eared this honor:

With a career in games spanning nearly 30 years, Warren Spector has earned a reputation in the industry as a seminal designer and a champion for the proper execution of ideas in video games. His work on the career-defining Deus Ex took place while he was serving as a partner at development company Ion Storm and running their Austin-based office. Upon its release in 2000, Deus Ex received wide critical and industry acclaim and in 2009 was named "Best PC Game of All Time" among a list of 100 other titles in PC Gamer magazine.

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28. Re: Warren Spector Lifetime Achievement Award Feb 4, 2012, 09:41 wtf_man
 
Acleacius wrote on Feb 3, 2012, 23:52:
Another example on The Stygian Abyss he was the one of four manual editors.

Uh.. no.
At least not from the interviews I've read in the past.

His team was a group within Origin that broke off into Blue Sky Productions (but still was published by or part of Origin), which became Looking Glass Studios when Ultima Underworld II came out. He was the head of the studio AFAIK, and one of the major designers.

They were experimenting with their 1st person engine (before Doom), and decided to make an RPG. Garriot didn't want anything to do with it, but let them use the Ultima name. I'd post links that are relevant, but I don't even know where to begin searching for those old interviews.

Am I claiming he created Ultima Underworld all by himself? Of course not! But he had a heck of a lot more to do with it than being just a "manual editor".
 
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