THE MAN who brought Doom into the world is now in an executive seat at 3D console technology outfit Oculus VR.
Oculus VR makes the virtual reality games console for your head, and we are assured that it is amazing. John Carmack, who gave the world Doom almost two decades ago, will make a nice fit there, at least according to the excited announcement blog post.
"We have incredible news to share with the community: legendary game programmer John Carmack will be officially joining the Oculus team as our new Chief Technology Officer (CTO)," said the Oculus blog post.
"John is one of the brightest minds of our generation - pioneer, visionary, and industry legend. There are very few people in the world that can contribute to the Oculus Rift and the future of virtual reality like John can."
Happy to say @id_aa_carmack is not leaving id & will continue to provide leadership for our games in development.— id Software (@idSoftware) August 7, 2013
Carmack, who is pictured in an Oculus Rift headset, is excited too and looking forward to his CTO role. He expects to be part of a great leap forward in gaming.
"I have fond memories of the development work that led to a lot of great things in modern gaming - the intensity of the first person experience, LAN and internet play, game mods, and so on. Duct taping a strap and hot gluing sensors onto Palmer's early prototype Rift and writing the code to drive it ranks right up there. Now is a special time," he said.
"I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer. The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today; probably by people reading this message. It's certainly not there yet. There is a lot more work to do, and there are problems we don't even know about that will need to be solved, but I am eager to work on them. It's going to be awesome!"
Carmack was the first developer to integrate the Oculus Rift headgear into a game, that game being Vendetta. He will split his time between the firms. A tweet suggests that his priorties are with Oculus.
My time division is now Oculus over Id over Armadillo. Busy busy busy!— John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) August 7, 2013
If the prospect of it grabs you the Oculus Rift will be out and on heads at Virgin Media's summer games hub. µ
Pre-orders to begin on 9 September with release to follow on 16 September
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