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The words OF A LEGEND


PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny was honoured as a Development Legend at this year’s Develop Awards, presented to him on the night by PlayStation boss Andrew House. What followed was a speech that would later be described as ‘inspirational’ by those in attendance. Read on for the full transcript, in which Cerny reveals the origins of his games development aspirations


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THANK ALL YOU for the Award, I’m very honoured to accept it. And thank you Andy for making time in what I know is a very busy schedule, I’m touched.


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Now you may have noticed, today is a family aff air: my mother and her husband are attending, and I’d like to spend just a few minutes talking – really for the fi rst time in my life – about the personal side of the path I took to get into the games business. I grew up in the university town of Berkeley, California. I come from a rather academic family – my parents are both PhDs, and my father spent over 50 years as a professor and a researcher at Berkeley. As a child, I had a fantastically accelerated education in science, at the age of 13 I was taking classes side-by-side with the 18-year-old freshmen at the University. By 17 I had begun to study graduate level physics. I was on a track to get a PhD at a very young age and go on to study the mysteries of the universe.


But in the summer I turned 17, I had an experience that changed my life. I had an


opportunity to work as a research assistant on a project at the Stanford Linear Accelerator, and I


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Cerny was presented with his Development Legend award by president and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House


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