may be polar opposites in terms of design philosophy, but both will take home awards at this year's GDC Online
Koster, instrumental in the development of sandbox worlds like Ultima Online
and Star Wars Galaxies
, will take home the Online Game Legend Award. Blizzard, which turned the MMO space on its ear via World of Warcraft's
resounding financial success, will see its flagship title inducted into the Choice Online Awards Hall of Fame. The ceremonies take place on October 10th in Austin, Texas.
Don't forget to cast your vote for the GDC Audience Award
prior to September 14th!
[Source: GDC press release]