David Crane is a legend. Not only did he co-founded a little mom-and-pop operation named Activision, he also designed Pitfall!, A Boy and His Blob, Decathlon, and countless other acclaimed titles during his more than 30 years in the industry.
It’s no surprise then that the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has decided to bestow upon Crane its first ever Pioneer Award, which, as AIAS president Joseph Olin explained in an stament, "recognizes contributions made by the original men and women whose efforts helped to create the interactive entertainment industry that we know today.”
Crane will receive the award during the 13th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards during DICE Summit 2010 on February 18. That same night, fellow industry giant Mark Cerny will be inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame. Now that's a show.
Just in case you missed it, G4tv.com did an awesome video interview with Mr. Crane last year that you need to watch if you care at all about the history of video games. Educate yourselves after the break.