News February 12, 2016

Microsoft to Receive Technical Impact Award at D.I.C.E Awards!

Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.
Date: 02/12/16

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) recently announced that Microsoft’s Visual Basic will receive this year’s Technical Impact Award* at the 19th D.I.C.E Awards ceremony!aias-logo

Launching back in 1991, Microsoft’s Visual Basic was immediately recognized as one of the most powerful programming languages ever created, inspired future game engines like Unity and Unreal. This is huge honor for Microsoft; contributing so much to gaming, it’s only right that they receive such an award. Check out what Martin Rae, President of AIAS had to say about Visual Basic:

“The influence of Microsoft’s Visual Basic extends beyond the programming and design features of this game-changing toolset. Visual Basic inspired and spawned a new generation of coders and programmers thanks to its simplicity, laying the foundation for creative experimentation. Microsoft’s philosophy to provide free access to all lowered the barriers of entry and inspired some of the most successful platforms today to similarly make their tools available without restrictions. It is this mentality that allows our industry to flourish, and much of it can be attributed to Microsoft Visual Basic.”

The ceremony will take place at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Paradise, Nevada on February 18th. Those looking to for more information on the conference can go here.

*The Technical Impact Award celebrates unique innovations that contribute to the ongoing progress of interactive media in all its forms, and celebrates technical achievements that are expanding and redefining our industry. Honorees are selected from various facets of the industry, which may include software, hardware, and community. The 2016 Technical Impact Award will be presented to Microsoft Visual Basic by Rich Hilleman, member of the AIAS Board of Directors and chief creative director at Electronic Arts. Scott Ferguson, development lead and architect of the original Visual Basic, will be accepting.