The Association of Electronic Interactive Marketers (AEIM) announced today that the Sims
creator Will Wright will be honored with the association's first-ever Hall of Fame Award.
This award recognizes Wright's career of creative achievement, which includes, among other things, creating the best-selling computer game of all time with the Sims
. Wright will both receive the award and speak during the inaugural MI6 Conference and Awards Show, June 27-28.
Wright has created a number of notable video games in his career, including the 1989 PC hit SimCity
. Wright designed several other Sim
games, and was one of the pioneers of sandbox games that give players a number of toys with which to interact within a game that could never be truly won or lost. 2000's release of The Sims
surpassed all previous PC video game sales records to become the best-selling PC game of all time.
"Will Wright has had a revolutionary impact on the electronic games industry," said Jim Chabin, President & CEO of MI6 and AEIM. "As our industry and millions of fans worldwide anxiously await what promises to be a spectacular experience with his newest creation, Spore
, our board felt that now was an excellent time to acknowledge this person's impact on all of us."