David Crane, along with four fellow video game pioneers, received the International Game Developer’s Association Penguin award.
The penguin award is given out yearly to gaming luminaries who made a mark on the gaming industry by going somewhere no one had gone before them. In this case, Crane and co. left their other jobs in the fledging game industry and formed Activision, the first game development studio to operate independent of the hardware manufacturers, who until that time made all the games themselves.
Crane, for those of you who don’t recognize the name, created the first Ghostbusters video game for Activision, making him eligible for a second Ghostbusters game as the first major success of a video game based on a movie license. Congrats to Mr. Crane and the rest of the Activision founders.