The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced that former President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc., Ken Kutaragi, will receive their coveted Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008. They will honor the "Father of PlayStation" at this year's Interactive Achievement Award (IAA) ceremony on February 7 in Las Vegas. It takes place in conjunction with the annual D.I.C.E. Summit 2008.

Kutaragi is responsible for the PlayStation brand, and is being recognized for "revolutionizing the global in-home entertainment market."

“Ken Kutaragi’s passion, innovative thinking and business savvy sparked a monumental movement that was unstoppable,” said Joseph Olin, president of the AIAS. “If it wasn’t for Ken and his concept of the original PlayStation, there wouldn’t be the billion dollar industry there is today. His contributions have clearly set new standards for developers, publishers and consumers worldwide.”

What began in Sony's research lab in 1975 blossomed into one of the most important careers in electronics history. Kutaragi was well known as an "excellent problem solver and forward-thinking engineer" and it was his grand vision in the late '80s that gave us all the original PlayStation console in 1994. Five years after, when the massive success of the PS1 was solidified, Kutaragi was named president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. He then went on to launch the even more successful PS2, which went on to sell 120 million units worldwide and is now the most popular video game console in history.

Time magazine placed Kutaragi on their enviable list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2004, and he moved on to release the PSP and PS3. This past June, Kutaragi announced his retirement from Sony after a full 30 years and is currently serving as honorary chairman of SCE. Congratulations to him; every gamer has benefited from this guy's ideas and actions.

“Ken Kutaragi is the smartest guy in the history of the video game business,” said Trip Hawkins, founder, Electronic Arts and AIAS Hall of Fame member. “Without Ken, there is no Sony PlayStation, and that is beyond comprehension.”

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