When you think about the video game industry – there are certain individuals who paved the way for the rest. On the Nintendo front, one of the first people that comes to mind is Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto.
Looking forward, he will be joined by Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon, who has just been selected as the recipient of the 25th Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame and will be honored at The 25th Annual DICE Awards Ceremony next month.
Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, will present the 2022 Hall of Fame award to Ed. Here’s what he had to say about this legendary individual in the gaming industry:
“I met Ed on my first day in the gaming industry at Midway and had the privilege of watching him lead the creation of Mortal Kombat and work with so many talented people to develop it into a franchise. iconic franchise worldwide. Ed embodies the best that a game designer can be: big ideas, great sense of humour, clear focus, and the ability to bring people together as a team. He has not only created a string of hit games, but also supported countless people on their own path in the gaming industry. ”
Here’s a little more info on Ed’s career, courtesy of official PR:
“After graduating from the University of Illinois, Ed Boon began his career at Williams Electronics programming marbles. He eventually moved into the video games division where he worked on his first game. me, High impact soccer, and its sequel Super high impact. In 1991, he started working on Mortal Kombat, became a huge hit in arcades and became a global phenomenon selling more than 75 million copies to date, as well as spawning three theatrical films, an animated feature film, multiple feature films, and more. television and comic books. Today, Mortal Kombat continues to grow in popularity with each new release. In addition, Boon and NetherRealm Studios created the best-selling and critically-acclaimed film Unjust video games, which have also branched out into chart-topping comics, animated feature films, and mobile games. “
In addition to Miyamoto, Boon will join many other industry icons including John Carmack (id Software), Sid Meier (Firaxis Games), Will Wright (Maxis), Gabe Newell (Valve), Todd Howard (Bethesda), Hideo Kojima (Kojima Productions), Bonnie Ross (343) … the list goes on, and you can watch the rest on Official Hall of Fame page.