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[B][URL=http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/01/david-crane-pioneer/all/1]Game|Life[/URL] has a short but great profile up on [I]Pitfall[/I] creator and Activision founder David Crane, upon whom the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences will bestow its first Pioneer Award at its annual DICE confab in February.[/B]

Crane not only pioneered the interactive hop-skip-jump-and-bump genre that came to be known as platforming, he was also instrumental in getting the game industry to recognize its creative talent. In an era where even the most 'AAA' games were designed, drawn and coded by a single person, Crane asked Atari for credit where credit's due.

"[It] seemed like a valuable set of skills that ought to be recognized,” Crane told Wired game scribe Chris Kohler. “After all, the author of a book is credited for his work, why not a videogame?"

So, Crane and a few other gamemakers went to the Atari suits for their due, and some cash to go with it. But execs at the increasingly narrow-sighted Atari would have none of it.

“You are no more important to the product than the guy on the assembly line who puts them together,” Crane says he was told by Atari’s president.

That reaction helped stir the formation of Activision, which became the world's first third-party publisher.

The full piece at [URL=http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/01/david-crane-pioneer/all/1]Wired[/URL] is well worth your time. Crane talks about grinding to finish up the innovative [I]Boy and His Blob[/I] in a scant six weeks, crashing in a "flop house" near his office and debugging the game in his hotel room between demos at the Consumer Electronics Show.

[URL=http://www.gameculture.com/2010/01/27/wired-profiles-aias-pioneer-and-activision-legend-david-crane]read more[/URL]


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