Ken Levine, the creator of the BioShock series will receive a lifetime achievement award at this year's Golden Joystick Awards in London.

Levine's body of work ranges from the original fiction of Thief: The Dark Project at Looking Glass Studios, to co-founding Irrational Games where he helped create the critical hits System Shock, BioShock and most recently BioShock: Infinite.

Recognized as one of the pioneers of narrative gaming Levine has worked on some of the highest rated games of all time including BioShock, which sold over five million units.

Levine responded to the news of being recognized that this years Golden Joystick Awards to CVG:

"In most fields, people begin their careers being inspired by others. In turn, they hopefully end up inspiring others. The great thing about the still-maturing nature of video games is you get to be inspired by the work of novices and veterans alike. We're all figuring out day by day exactly what the medium is capable of."

The 2013 Golden Joystick Awards will take place at Westminster Park Plaza in London on this Friday, October 25.

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[Via CVG]