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Game Boy Inventor To Receive Posthumous Award

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) will posthumously recognize Gunpei Yokoi, known as the creator of the Nintendo Game Boy, for the innovative work he produced during his career.
Yokoi will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony on March 6 at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Jose, Calif. Last year's recipient, Yuji Naka, will be presenting the award, which Yokoi's family will accept on his behalf. "I am as deeply honored to be presenting this award as I was to receive it," said Yuji Naka, president and CEO, Sonicteam, Ltd., a Sega development studio. "To have a life's work recognized by other game creators is the most meaningful honor one could receive." Yokoi also collaborated with Shigeru Miyamoto on the design of classics such as Donkey Kong, Mario Brothers and Metroid. In 1996, Yokoi founded Koto Laboratory, while continuing to consult for Nintendo. Yokoi was killed in a traffic accident the following year. The GDC is produced by the Gama Network, which also produces this site.

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