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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 [...]

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 [...]

GameTales: Cray YMP

GameTales: Cray YMP

At id, we were always looking for a better way to develop our games. In the beginning we developed games for DOS machines on DOS machines. In 1991, John Carmack investigated the NeXTSTEP operating system, and decided that cross-development on a superior platform would result in a better game and a better development experience. We all converted [...]

GameTales: Axe Attack!

GameTales: Axe Attack!

It was dark in my office in 1995, warm, and I was busy programming QuakeEd. I had my stereo playing Great White, Ratt, George Lynch and all other manner of hair metal. I was in my element - in the zone. At some point, I needed to go to the bathroom. I went to my door, turned the knob, and nothing. The door wouldn't open, the knob turning and [...]

Hungarian Surprise!

Hungarian Surprise!

Unknown to me and maybe even id Software way back when, 12 years ago a couple Hungarian DOOM novels were written and released (bottom two books). Of course I know all about the English DOOM novels by Daffyd ab Hugh but these are a surprise to me. Scans of these books are posted in my DOOM photo section. The top two books comprise Masters of [...]

CVG Interview Gone Sideways

CVG Interview Gone Sideways

Yeah so there's a new interview on ComputerAndVideoGames (CVG) that has some incorrect information in it (this was obviously NOT an email interview) the chief offender being my alleged quote that Adrian Carmack is John Carmack's brother. UPDATE: CVG has made some corrections on the first part of the interview and the second part has been [...]

Happy Birthday, Keen!

Happy Birthday, Keen!

Today is the 15th birthday of the first trilogy of the classic Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons! Our team was super small when we created these three games: John Carmack, Tom Hall and myself. Adrian Carmack came in near the end to do some art touch-up but the majority of the art was Tom Hall's. It took us three months of working at [...]