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Friday, August 24, 2018

Yu Suzuki Accepts the Special Award at CEDEC 2018 | Video

Yu Suzuki Accepts the Special Award at CEDEC 2018

As reported last month, the organizers of CEDEC 2018 voted to select Yu Suzuki for the annual Special Award in recognition of his pioneering and revolutionary contributions to the game industry. The Special Award, decided by members of the CEDEC steering committee, is given for "overall contributions to game development". (See our earlier blog post.)
  • CEDEC: the Computer Entertainment Developers Conference, held annually in Japan primarily for members of the entertainment industry.
The awards ceremony was held yesterday on August 23rd at the Pacifico Event center in Yokohama, and Yu Suzuki attended in person to receive his award, starting with a selfie he tweeted prior to the ceremony.
Yu Suzuki via Twitter: "Here I am at CEDEC!"
Yu Suzuki via Twitter: "Here I am at CEDEC!" (source tweet)
Watch a short clip of Yu receiving his award below (our thanks to Shenmue 3 Ambassador Ali Novin for permission to include this exclusive video and photographs).


The short speech that Yu Suzuki gave in acceptance of the award translates follows:
"My ideal for game creation is something that combines technology with [artistic] sense at the highest level; something that I’m always thinking about. I’m extremely happy to have the honor of receiving this kind of award from CEDEC, which has so many technically skilled members from the industry. Thank you very much."
After the ceremony had finished, a group photo was taken with all the CEDEC award winners, with Yu Suzuki taking at the front and center of the group.

Yu Suzuki with the other award winners at CEDEC 2018 (photo courtesy of Ali Novin)
Yu Suzuki with the other award winners at CEDEC 2018 (photo courtesy of Ali Novin)

Quote from Yu Suzuki

Fans of Shenmue and his numerous arcade hits of the past will know how well-deserved it was for Yu to receive this recognition. Congratulations, Yu!


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