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Carmack: Facebook will be a ‘powerful force’ for VR

John Carmack has spoken positively of Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus and believes the firm gets "the big picture" for virtual reality’s potential. "There is a case to be made for being like Valve, and trying to build a new VR ecosystem like Steam from the ground up," he said. "This …

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Carmack heading Oculus VR internal dev program

Oculus VR is hiring game developers to work with John Carmack on the virtual reality headset manufacturer’s internal development program. Carmack joined the company as CTO last year and has since left his long-time role at id, where he helped develop classics like Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein 3D, to work …

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Carmack questions idea of console generation switch

Id Software co-founder John Carmack has said he is dissatisfied with the industry abandoning aging console generations and the huge audiences that they have in favour of rising costs and added risk. Speaking toWiredon the 20th anniversary of Doom, the trailblazing first-person shooter he co-created with Jon Romero, Carmack said …

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Now another former Id employee makes jump to Oculus

Oculus VR has hired a second developer from Id Software. GameFront reports that Matt Hooper, the creative director of 2011 release Rage, left the studio six months ago and has now been confirmed as the director of development at the virtual reality specialist. We are thrilled to have Matt Hooper …

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Id’s Carmack named as Oculus Rift CTO

Id software co-founder and technical director John Carmack has joined Oculus as its chief technology officer. Carmack will work from the virtual reality company’s new office in Dallas, which the firm is currently in the process of staffing up. A spokesperson has toldDevelopthat he has joined the company on a …

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Spector "trying to shame Carmack and Sweeney" into violence climb-down

Is it a sign of a maturing games industry that questions are increasingly being asked about violence and sexism in games? For the first time one high-profile developer has openly come out and criticised his peers for their relentless focus on violence. Imagine what they could do if they spent …

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Carmack: Rage launch was a "cluster f@#$’

Bethesda has released a patch for id’s latest shooter, RAGE, fixing a number of bugs and adding graphics engine settings "due to popular demand." Legendary gaming pioneer John Carmack enraged a number of PC gaming faithful by saying: "We do not see the PC as the leading platform for games" …

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Carmack predicts the death of discs

Twelve months after Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada predicted the demise of physical media, another games industry stalwart has declared that the days of packaged games are numbered. John Carmack, one of the most respected and longstanding game programmers in the world, believes digital distribution is the natural and inevitable …

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In-game ads fail Quake Live

One of the highest-profile names in the free-to-play browser-based games market, Quake Live, is to turn its back on the in-game advertising model after its lead developer admitted that its returns to date have been limited. As a result, developer id has now admitted that it intends to turn to …

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Carmack: PS4 will be first to market

John Carmack, technical director at id Software, has predicted that Sony will be the first platform holder to make a move into the next generation of gaming hardware – though he doesn’t expect any new machines to be announced in the near future. The whole jockeying for who’s going to …

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