Developer John Romero will receive an Honorary Award at video game Festival

Fun & Serious, the largest video-game festival in Europe, which will be staging its seventh edition from 8 to 11 December, has announced the first of the Honorary Awards it will be presenting this year. The recipient is John Romero, the multi-award-winning American designer and developer, who, throughout a professional career that stretches over four decades, has not only been responsible for bringing us iconic games such as “Wolfenstein 3D”, “Quake” and “Doom”, but has defined the most recognisable features of the genre known as first-person shooter games with his unique style and creative contributions.

The traditional Awards Presentation Gala, to be held at its traditional venue in the Guggenheim Museum, will thus recognise the career and achievements of one of the key figures in video-game history, one of the members of the Cyber Elite, according to Time Magazine[1]. Since he began his career back in 1979, John Romero, a self-taught expert, has set up eight successful companies that have played a key role in the industry (including id Software and Gazillion Entertainment), has designed and brought to market no less than 130 games and has received more than one hundred prizes and awards. Due to his special approach and unique style, certain concepts have become compulsory within the action genre, such as the “death match”, the classic fight to the death in the multi-player action video game. Furthermore, in magazines such as Retro Gamer, he has helped to promote the dissemination and scientific study of video-game history and dynamics.

Fun & Serious seeks to recognise his contribution in terms of laying the creative and narrative foundations of an entire action genre, not to mention his iconoclastic and irreverent contribution, one that has helped to invigorate the industry as a whole. He is a tireless devotee of video-game design and mechanics. The Festival also aims to highlight his profile as a patron, promoter and entrepreneur within the industry.

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