Richard Garriott Joins Gaming Hall of Fame

Richard Garriott, of course renowned for his pioneering Ultima series, will be the next inductee into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame (a markedly different affair than Sony's somewhat less serious Walk of Game). The designer, who is best known by his pseudonym Lord British, will be the ninth addition to the roster. He joins fellow industry luminaries such as Shigeru Miyamoto, Will Wright, Yu Suzuki, John Carmack, Sid Meier, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Trip Hawkins and Peter Molyneux.
"Richard Garriott has inspired countless game designers over the past 20 years and his influence can be seen in many of today's most popular games," said Ted Price, president of Insomniac Games. "He has become an icon inside and out of the games industry; because of his accomplishments and leadership within the field of interactive entertainment, Garriott deserves to be a member of the AIAS Hall of Fame."

After leaving his former studio Origin Systems, Garriott co-founded Destination Games in 2000 as a partnership with NCsoft. In 2001, the studio was renamed NCsoft Austin.