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Father of the PlayStation Honored at D.I.C.E.

Abigail Murphy's Avatar + Posted by Abigail Murphy on Feb 08, 2008 // PR Manager, PlayStation Network

The airplane has the Wright Brothers. The lightbulb and record player (and about a thousand other things) have Thomas Edison. So who holds a similarly lofty position, “Father of the PlayStation?” That would be Ken Kutaragi.

You’ve probably heard his name before – Kutaragi was the man who got the PlayStation ball rolling in 1994, and presided over Sony Computer Entertainment during the release of the PlayStation 2, the best-selling in-home game system in history (more than 120 million units shipped worldwide).

This week at the annual D.I.C.E. Summit, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), presented Ken Kutaragi with its coveted 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.

It’s very safe to say that if not for Ken Kutaragi, you would not be enjoying Uncharted or God of War, looking forward to games like Metal Gear Solid 4 or LittleBigPlanet, or even reading this blog. For more information on this award, click here. Also, here’s the video about Kutaragi that played at the presentation.

Big thanks to GameSpot for the video!!

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+ Garcia5 on February 8th, 2008 at 10:14 pm said:

why would they have to make a PS4 all they gotta do is make a BIG and GOOD System Update for the PS3


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+ Finalsquall on February 9th, 2008 at 2:56 am said:

Congrats Ken San… The gaming world world be lost without your visionary. We’d all be playing crappy game consoles like the Wii. Cheers Ken.


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+ K-End on February 9th, 2008 at 5:51 am said:

The day i got my fist PS is the day i saw Tekken 2 on PS1. and that day i realized, i dont need token anymore..i can play tekken all night long

Thanks Mr. Ken Kutaragi!


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+ Darkendless on February 9th, 2008 at 9:46 am said:

Howard Stringer fired Ken Kutagari meaning that the PS3 is the last true Playstation. RIP


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+ Fabi on February 9th, 2008 at 10:49 am said:

Thanks Mr. Kutaragi. The best experiences on the Playstation brand were FF7, MGS, Brave Fencer Musashi and awaiting the FF8 demo inside Musashi like if it was the actual game. Playing demos on the PS1 was so awesome back in the days. I think I played the MGS demo about 100 times. As great as games are today, I havent had so much fun since then. Probably cause I’m older.


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+ austinbro11 on February 9th, 2008 at 11:27 am said:

Go PS3!! I love PS3 so much, so much better then jealous 360 lovers…My only negative input on it is that we need some new games>>start working on it !!


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+ Conch_Bubby on February 9th, 2008 at 11:55 am said:

Congratulations Ken! Tomb Raider and FFVII first time experiences I will always hold dear to me.
Thanks, Faaaaatttthhhheeerrr!


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+ Cpt.blue on February 9th, 2008 at 4:42 pm said:

Since this man is indirectly responsible for bringing Kratos into my living room, I would gladly father his playstation anyday.


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+ Stevan253 on February 9th, 2008 at 5:22 pm said:

for people whining about space.
what are you talking about???

i’v had the ps3 since launch and iv only used 10 gigs.

for crying out loud delete some videos or some music, or some pictures.

how many do you have!?


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+ HanSolo on February 9th, 2008 at 5:38 pm said:

a bad mistake letting him him go, im afraid the next playstation ( ps4 ) will not be as good as previous sony systems, that got better with time.. as devs learned its true power, kutaragi knows how to make a system

im afraid next gen everyone will try to pull a wii… and go with minimal upgrades to the hardware and that is why they didnt need super ken

ken you are a hero!


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+ Cesar on February 9th, 2008 at 6:28 pm said:

1997 for me Final Fantasy 7 was the game that got me in to video games and to love the Sony Playstation THANKS MEN


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+ stennex on February 9th, 2008 at 7:52 pm said:

Congrats DAD! Thank you for the PS1 PS2, PS3 and the PSP.


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+ stennex on February 9th, 2008 at 7:59 pm said:

Congrats Father! Thank you for the Playstation brand and the great systems developed under it. I hope Sony continues to honor your hard work and innovation with continuous success for the future generations to come.


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+ Scarecrow on February 10th, 2008 at 1:26 am said:

Domo arigatogozaimasu!

Thak you Kutaragi for the great vision of PlayStation.

I still remember back in 1997 when I got my PlayStation(1)…the flexibility that machine offered was incomparable. It was able to make beautiful 2D games as well as 3D ones and it allowed for longer games(just like blu-ray), it was a powerhouse back in the days. Nowadays it might look ancient, but back then nothing could compare to it, hell not even the Dreamcast.

I remember that my ps1 came with one of those free demos and on the back of demo’s case there was a phrase I’d never forget:

“Never underestimate the power of PlayStation”

I hope they re-hire Kutaragi once ps3 starts doing better.


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+ aoshisoad on February 10th, 2008 at 3:55 pm said:

I have assesed every single day http://www.homebetatrial.com/ sice this site has put on “air” and thinking abou it it’s fun because nothing new have apear sice the emerge from the other world and we have no news… well… so so…


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+ Zinacef on February 11th, 2008 at 9:46 am said:

All hail Kutaragi for his brilliance!


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+ tendoboy1984 on February 12th, 2008 at 1:52 pm said:

Meh, Kutaragi was a visionary, but his constant overhyping of his products (PS3) was what brought Sony down this generation.


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+ Light on February 12th, 2008 at 8:37 pm said:

That man is a visionary. Congratulations on the award, Mr. Kutaragi. No one is more deserving of it.


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