E3 08: ids Carmack admits he thought EA was evil

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Hot on the heels of the news that

EA will be the publisher for id's exciting new shooter Rage

, famed id boss John Carmack has admitted that until recently he saw EA as an evil empire”.

Speaking to GameSpot, he explained: "As we moved out with a new title and a new franchise for us, we shopped it around to all the major publishers.

In fact, we've done it a couple times – we're in the enviable position of having been able to fund the title ourselves. We were able to retire a lot of the risk to the publishers.

"I'll admit that, if you asked me years ago, I still had thoughts that EA was the Evil Empire, the company that crushes the small studios. I'd have been surprised, if you told me a year ago that we'd end up with EA as a publisher.

"When we went out and talked to people, especially EA Partners people like Valve, we got almost uniformly positive responses from them."