Dave Lebling and Marc Blank co-founder Infocom back in the 1980s, introducing the PC gaming world to classic text adventures like Zork, A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Planetfall. In February 2013, Lebling and Blank will be presented with the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Pioneer Award at the annual D.I.C.E. Awards in Las Vegas, NV.
The D.I.C.E. Summit -- short for Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain -- is a yearly developer-focused gathering that focuses on game design and production. It's smaller than E3 and not nearly as product-driven, with the primary goal being to bring creatives together to discuss their craft. The event will conclude with the D.I.C.E. Awards as Lebling and Blank follow previous Pioneer Award winners like Pitfall! creator David Crane and Asteroids designer Ed Logg.
If you'd like to hear more from Lebling and Blank on Infocom and the Pioneer Award news, give this Wired article a look. Infocom fans especially should spend some time playing around with the uniquely presented interview.