“The Father of Survival Horror” awarded by the Spanish Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences
Shinji Mikami has left quite a mark on the gaming industry. He is known as the father of survival horror, popularizing the genre into what it’s become throughout the years. This was thanks in large part to the Resident Evil franchise, which got tagged with the genre “survival horror” back when players were first welcomed into that iconic mansion. Flash forward to today, and the genre is quite a different beast than what it was back then. But there’s no denying the continued importance of Shinji Mikami.
The Spanish Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has awarded the famed developer with their 2015 Gamelab Honor Award in Barcelona. His latest game is, of course, The Evil Within.
No matter how many console generations come and go, Shinji Mikami will always have a special place in the gaming industry’s pantheon of beloved developers.