id Software co-founder and one of the fathers of the first-person shooter, John Carmack is being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Game Developers Choice Awards.
John Carmack has been pushing video game technology past its limits for more than two decades, pioneering real-time 3D graphics, creating and honing countless game development techniques, and looking beyond the constraints of hardware. Instead of wondering what he can do within the constraints given, Carmack is the sort of guy who immediately begins looking for ways to break out of those constraints.
And yes, he helped create one of the greatest games of all time - Commander Keen. Doom was pretty good too.
On March 11, during the 2010 Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC, former Lifetime Achievement Award winner Wii Wright will present the award to Carmack, during a ceremony hosted by noted RPG developer Warren Spector, who should have plenty of Epic Mickey jokes to share with the crowd.
And Kotaku will be there, as always, with the play-by-play.
"It's no exaggeration to say that John Carmack and id Software have had a monumental influence on all modern 3D games, but especially the first-person shooter genre," says Meggan Scavio, Event Director of GDC. "John is one of the key figures in the history of video games, and we're delighted to be giving him the Lifetime Achievement award this year."
I couldn't agree more.