The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences is inducting BioWare co-founders Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk into its hall of fame, and the pair will speak at AIAS' 2011 D.I.C.E. event.
The BioWare Doctors make the 14th and 15th inductees to the AIAS Hall of Fame -- marking the first time the honorees have been a pair rather than an individual. According to AIAS, Muzyka and Zeschuk were chosen for "their emotionally engaging and detailed cinematic games," which include Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights
, Dragon Age
and other respected titles.
Epic Games president Mike Capps will present the award to the pair at February 10, 2011's Annual Interactive Achievement Awards at the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas.
Muzyka and Zeschuk attended medical school, where collaborating on education projects like "Acid Base Physiology Simulator" and "Gastroenterology Patient Simulator" led them toward a career in game development; they formed relationships with programmers and game designers and founded BioWare.
Muzyka is described as an "avid poker enthusiast" who won the D.I.C.E. Summit's traditional poker tournaments in 2006 and 2010, among other distinctions in the game business.
Conversely, Zeschuk is described as being interested in "gourmet food, music and fine beer (in no particular order of importance)." Both are also directors and co-chairmen at interface software company CodeBaby.
"We're truly honored to represent our teams of passionate, hard-working, creative staff across the BioWare Group within Electronic Arts, and they all share this award with us," says Muzyka. "Driving BioWare's success past, present and future are the amazing family of people we have been privileged to work with over the years and our shared core values of quality in our workplace, quality in our products, and entrepreneurship in a context of humility and integrity."
Added Zeschuk, "We'd also like to thank our wives and the families of our employees for their continuous support over the years, which together with the hard work of our great teams continually enables BioWare's success."