IndieCade Recognizes Tim Schafer With 'Honorary Trailblazer Award for Lifetime Achievement'

By Jeff Mattas, Sep 30, 2010 4:00pm PDT With this year's independent gaming festival less than two weeks away, IndieCade has announced that Double Fine's Tim Schafer will be the first recipient of a newly-created "Honorary Trailblazer Award for Lifetime Achievement."

Schafer's classics, Psychonauts and Grim Fandango
Schafer will receive the award during IndieCade's Award Show on October 8. As previously reported, Shacknews will be also be presenting an award for the most "Fun/Compelling" game at this year's show, hosted by Levar Burton.

"Holy cow. I had no idea I was so old. Is this because of the grey in my beard? Well, it's an honor and I'm happy that it's coming from a great organization like Indiecade," said Schafer, upon hearing the news.

Known best for beloved titles like The Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle, and Psychonauts, Schafer's made gaming news headlines quite a bit lately. He recently announced Double Fine's shift to smaller, independently published projects (like the upcoming XBLA and PSN downloadable, Costume Quest), engaged in a war of words with Activision's CEO, Bobby Kotick, and rehired former Monkey Island collaborator (and DeathSpank devloper), Ron Gilbert, to work on a new project.

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  • It's hard to pick a man more deserving than Schaefer. Another great choice may have been Ken Levine (System Shock 2, Thief: TDP, Bioshock and Bioshock: Infinite), but Schaefer's creative spark, trademark humor, and ability to consistently develop true winners that stay with you long after you're done playing is unsurpassed. His characters and stories are timeless and all of his games hold up well in subsequent playthroughs, nearly two decades later.

    Congratulations to Tim Schaefer, the man who built my fondest gaming memories!