Discuss link: id Software founder John Carmack resigns (www.polygon.com)
John Carmack has decided to leave id software and focus on Oculus VR as it’s CTO. It’s really unfortunate to see him go.
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Yeah, it’s hard to imagine id without Carmack. I’m guessing this is just making official what’s already been true for awhile, though.
Unfortunately, id has really gone downhill since the Doom/Quake days. Game-design-wise, it feels like they’ve run out of ideas and are just rehashing what they did before - and not even executing it that well. Their strongest point has been technical superiority, but even that is slipping, especially with Carmack’s departure.
In all honesty, I think id lost a lot when they ditched Romero - even though I do believe they had very good reasons to do so. They concentrated way too much on tech and too little on fun.
I think it was probably too tough to split his time like that. His heart seems to be more into Oculus and it probably started showing. We all move on with time.
Hmm, I wonder if Zenimax anticipated this when they bought the company. I hope the best for Id and that the employees don’t feel bad about this announcement. It can be a motivational killer for some. Aside from Doom 4, which had a bumpy start, I’d like to see them focus more on IdTech. I think in terms of entertainment value, Bethesda does a better job with their IP. Having a dedicated engine development team and Bethesda making products off that I think would prove beneficial. Quake/Doom IMO are best kept as simple shooter games. That’s really where the entertainment value is with those games. Good, classic gunplay with modability to let the community release their fun and wacky ideas like Jail Break, Qball, and of course let’s not forget Team Fortress. I totally miss those days.
Well, kudos to you Carmack. I’ve been working quite a bit with the Rift, so don’t disappoint :)
Nobody buys a company with illusions that they’d manage to keep key personnel around forever.