Nintendo special corporate advisor Genyo Takeda became the seventh recipient to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 21st D.I.C.E. Awards last night.
He was recognised for being at the forefront of shaping the video games hardware industry thanks to his work on Nintendo 64, GameCube, and Wii, and was at the ceremony to accept the award.
“Thank you to the Academy. I am so honoured to be here tonight and grateful to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award after celebrating 45 years of ageing and grey hairs in this industry, and I deeply appreciate all of you being here to share it with me.
“A long time ago in 1971, I majored in electrical engineering and graduated college. The year 1971 was the most memorable year, since it was also the year that Intel launched [the] first commercially available microprocessor. And it was the small but precious seeds from this launch that led to the beautifully moving video game industry today,” Takeda explained in his acceptance speech.
“Video games are interactive orchestrations among arts, psychology-based commercialism, and technology. However, the technology itself is often considered to be the role of the second violin in the orchestra. So, I decided to accept this award, so that I could stand up here as a representative of unsung heroes of home video game platform design engineers. Not only for Nintendo, but also for all other game machines.
“And I’m also grateful to the many amazing colleagues and staff members from the United States, Europe, Taiwan, Korea, China, and the Japanese engineers whose support are the reasons I am up here right now. Working in video games is a very hard job, but it’s also hard fun. It’s both challenging and enjoyable. I do have one ask for all the academy members, please continue to enjoy the hard fun and the work you do to satisfy the worldwide video game lovers and to keep them smiling.
“In closing, I would like to extend a special thanks to the late Mr. Hiroshi Yamauchi, also known as the grandfather of the home video game industry. Although he has passed away, he trusted me and gave me the opportunity to lead the technology effort at Nintendo. Thank you very much.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for those whose accomplishments span a broad range of disciplines over a lengthy career in the games industry, and has previously been awarded to Doug Lowenstein, Howard Lincoln, Minoru Arakawa, Ken Kutaragi, Bing Gordon, and the late Satoru Iwata.