Tagged With john carmack

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John Carmack has given a lot of speeches in his time: to colleagues, compatriots and consumers. His keynote speeches used to be the highlight of Quakecon, for his uncanny ability to scythe through detail and history without being wholly inaccessible.

And whenever Carmack gives a speech, I always hear two sounds. The first is the sound of his voice and his metronomic-like delivery. And the second is the utter silence, the way his audience hangs on every single word.

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John Carmack's departure from iD Software to Oculus was fairly understandable given the man's career and his passion for technology. It's sad to see him not working on iD Tech engines any more, but hey, the guy's a genius and he's played a large part in making this wave of virtual reality work.

Given that his entire career effectively revolves around making new things — or existing things better — it's always interesting to see what has caught Carmack's eye. As it turns out, that new thing is Minecraft.

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This old John Romero home movie is worth watching if you've not seen it before as it shows that id blew their own tiny little minds playing DOOM. It's a 1993 home movie first posted by Romero about five years ago recording a studio tour, including 20 minutes of unfinished DOOM complete with the wrong sound effects, bugs and incomplete art.

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Last month, ZeniMax officially dropped the lawsuit hammer on Oculus, accusing the virtual reality company of "illegally misappropriating" their trade secrets in an extensive legal complaint. In the suit, ZeniMax alleged that Oculus had infringed upon their copyrights and trademarks, and that id Software co-founder John Carmack had provided technology to Oculus before he joined the company last year.

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There's been speculation for more than two decades that the hero of the iconic Wolfenstein first-person shooter games — B.J. Blazkowicz, the guy who you use to machine gun hordes of Nazis — was Jewish. But the game's creators have long been coy about the character's origins. Not so much anymore.

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Twenty years ago, on December 10, 1993, John Carmack, John Romero and the rest of the team at upstart id Software unleashed a game called Doom upon the world. 20 years later, both men have written about their favourite memories of the game for you and all fans of Doom to read. Here they are, in their own words...