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Ravenwood Fair Post-Mortem

Ravenwood Fair Post-Mortem

What would it feel like to actually make Disneyland in a magical, fairytale forest? That's what I wanted to find out with Ravenwood Fair. I wanted to make a social game last year, so my girlfriend Brenda told her employers (Lolapps, Inc., a social game developer in San Francisco, California) that I was interested. I started consulting in [...]

id Software: 20 Years Old Today!

id Software: 20 Years Old Today!

When John Carmack, Adrian Carmack and I officially started our first day at the lakehouse on Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, we had absolutely no idea that our company would last twenty years. After three months, Tom Hall officially joined us in May 1991. He wanted his transition from Softdisk to go smoothly, so he stayed to train his [...]

Unintended Acceleration

Unintended Acceleration

I was reading CNN today and there was a story about a guy whose Toyota randomly started accelerating and he crashed into two cars at 70mph. This was back in 2006 before all the recent Toyota issues. The man has finally been freed as the court found it wasn't his fault. It brought back the memory of how the same thing happened to me back in 1991 [...]

Happy Birthday, id Software

Happy Birthday, id Software

It's id Software's 19th birthday today. It makes me wonder: how many people working at id right now actually know that? Next year will be two decades of Keen, Wolfenstein, Doom, and Quake. How many game companies still standing can boast 20 years? Not many. And most companies that live past 20 years are so far removed from their origins that [...]

Happy Birthday, Games!

Happy Birthday, Games!

Some of you may have noticed i've been a little lax in my birthday announcements this month. There's just so many of them i figure i'll do one for all of 'em unless i get feedback to the contrary. Also, i want to save up the really juicy stuff for the revamp of this site that will present everything in story form. Check out Tom Hall's site as he [...]

Happy 17th Birthday, Keen!

Happy 17th Birthday, Keen!

As if DOOM wasn't old enough to make me feel my age now it's Commander Keen's birthday and I'm REALLY feelin' it. Today I'll just do a combo birthday announcement for the 1st and 2nd Keen trilogies (1-3 and 4-6) since Keen 4-6 was released on December 15th, 1991 and will be 16 years old. They're like big, old babies! LOL. If you'd like to [...]

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