Carmack Finally Explains Why He Left id Software

Speaking to USA Today, John Carmack finally explained why he left id Software to work as Oculus chief technology officer.

Believing that virtual reality is poised for prime time, Carmack tried to broker a deal between Oculus VR and ZeniMax Media, the parent company of id Software to have the games he work on support Oculus Rift.

Carmack wanted to have Wolfenstein: The New Order and Doom4 support the virtual reality headset. "It would have been a huge win," he said. "It seemed like a sensible plan for me."

Had that agreement gone through, Carmack wouldn't have had to leave id Software. "I would have been content probably staying there working with the people and technology that I know and the work we were doing," he acknowledged.

"But they couldn't come together on that which made me really sad. It was just unfortunate," added Carmack . "When it became clear that I wasn't going to have the opportunity to do any work on VR while at id software, I decided to not renew my contract."

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Thinking in text...

John Carmack probably sees opportunity in a new type of interaction for both new and old games, basically a 'game changer' (sorry for the cliche). Can we blame him for moving on to work on 'the way' we play games and not just 'a game or two' to enjoy and put away. I'm for more innovative thinking and hopefully J.C. can bring that to the VR gaming scene...or rather bring the VR gaming scene to us? IMO - if he stayed at ID he would have probably contributed to the same 'rinse and re-use' model of FPS games that we have seen ID deliver in the past. Moving on might be what J.C. (and everyone else) needs to bring about some real innovation. To be clear though, I don't give a shit either way!

So basically your an island

So basically your an island with a walled garden for molesting lil children. You seem pretty weak spamming shit like that on the net, shit you probably won't even rub in someones face in reality. Oh wait I guess you don't have a life my bad. Still lonely about prison bro?

Who's trying to mash them all

Who's trying to mash them all into one? Last I checked there was no "Studying in the rift" or "Getting married in the rift" games being made. Really, people who discard the rift (or VR in general) so easily are those who never tried it. It makes a world of difference, when you see things coming from afar, when you get up close and almost believe the wall you're using as cover is just a few inches away from your face. In short, try it first, talk about it later. captcha: jump the gun

VR can be gaming as well.

VR can be gaming as well. Just because you play with a head-tracking monitor with an higher FOV for better immersion doesn't mean it's not gaming.... I hope the folks at id will enjoy playing their old style shooters on their old monitor in the next few years while the rest will enjoy true-next-gen gaming with the Rift.


Yeah, people forget that the kind of VR they are working on is quite basic and headsets will be usable by any FPS around, even 1993's DOOM, they aren't building 22nd century immersive Matrix-shit! They are designing a headset where both eyes have their own screen and where looking around is controlled by your neck and not the mouse/right-thumbstick. The reason it is not here today is expense and perfecting, they don't want to fail at the first hurdle by releasing a $1500 'novelty'.

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