John Carmack, one of the creators of Doom, is currently putting the finishing touches on RAGE, a shooter that could redefine the scale of the FPS, but speaking to Industry Gamers he claimed that he’s a bit peeved at the “snooty attitude” of some developers towards shooters and, more specifically, shooters like Call of Duty.
“As long as people are buying it, it means they’re enjoying it,” claimed Carmack. “If they buy the next Call of Duty, it’s because they loved the last one and they want more of it. So I am pretty down on people who take the sort of creative auteurs’ perspective. It’s like ‘Oh, we’re not being creative.’ But we’re creating value for people – that’s our job! It’s not to do something that nobody’s ever seen before. It’s to do something that people love so much they’re willing to give us money for.
“So I do get pretty down on people that – you see some of the indie developers that really take a snooty attitude about this. It’s almost as if it’s popular, it’s not good. And that’s just not true.”
It’s interesting – especially given the news that UK retailers expect Modern Warfare 3 to surpass Black Ops’ pre-order record. Despite the fact that a subset of gamers are becoming bored with the military shooter, it’s still a huge growth area for developers and publishers.
I understand that a great number of you guys are bored with the series, but will you still buy the new Call of Duty game?
Doom Creator Fires Back at Devs with ‘Snooty Attitude’ [Industry Gamers]