John Carmack

John Carmack says he's better at optimizing than GPU driver programmers

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Virtual Reality

Why is Oculus making four different VR headsets?

Earlier this week, Oculus doubled its VR hardware lineup, adding two new headsets alongside the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. The first is a development kit codenamed Santa Cruz, which features full motion tracking in a wireless headset. The second is Oculus Go, a mobile headset with built-in …

Virtual Reality

John Carmack encourages VR devs to 'embrace the grind'

"It takes more than just 'be bold'," the Oculus CTO said today during a 2-hour presentation at Oculus Connect in which he encouraged VR devs to …

Game Design

Developers Can Now Request Oculus Go Dev Kits, Could Have Headsets As Soon as Next Month

The new Oculus Go standalone headset was revealed yesterday at Oculus Connect, the company’s annual developer conference. According to Oculus CTO and …

Virtual Reality

The Complete History Of First Person Shooters

If there’s a single genre that defines the video game, it might be the first-person shooter. Think about it. When a TV show wants to have a gamer …

Gaming

Where & When to Watch Oculus Connect Day 2 Keynote Livestream (including in VR)

Oculus Connect, the company’s annual developer conference, goes down this week in San Jose, California on the 11th and 12th at the McEnery Convention …

Virtual Reality

18 Little-known Quotes on Success to Boost Your Personal Growth

1. It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. – Bill Gates<p>2. Success is a journey, not a destination. …

Self-improvement

DF Retro: we play every single Doom console conversion

One of the most popular and influential titles of all-time, id software's Doom played a key part in gaming's challenging 90s transition from two to …

Gaming Consoles

Carmack's 2004 GDC talk about game dev on the bleeding edge

13 years ago, veteran game dev John Carmack took the stage at the 2004 Game Developers Conference to talk about where the industry was at, and what …

Game Design

For the first time in 15 years, Doom is coming to a Nintendo console

During a Nintendo Direct presentation today the company announced a slew of games for its 3DS and Switch consoles -- including Switch versions of id …

Game Design

How the loss of John Carmack was the making of Doom

The Mancubus staggers. Its hefty frame ripples with blue and white light - a signal it’s ready for the glory kill. Doomguy steps forward and plunges …

Virtual Reality

Quake's Creators Can't Agree On Who Invented Multiplayer-Only Maps

These days, we take the distinction between single-player and multiplayer first-person shooter maps for granted, but it wasn’t always so. Back in the …

Virtual Reality

Bethesda announces release dates for Doom, Fallout 4, Skyrim VR versions

Back at the Electronics Entertainment Expo in June, Bethesda went all out with its support for virtual reality. The games publishing giant announced …

Virtual Reality

After the price slashes, should you buy an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive? - The Ghost Howls

We all know that <b>Oculus and Vive are now discounted to $399 and $599</b>, so they cost a lot less than when they originally came out. On all VR …

Virtual Reality

Here's why the player movement in Quake was slower than Doom

One of the best things about the original Doom was how fast Doomguy could run: you weren't so much a "guy" as you were a "hurtling rocket of death". …

PC Gaming

Applications Now Open for Oculus Connect 4 Developer Conference

Oculus’ annual developer conference is back—Connect 4 will be hosted on October 11th and 12th in San Jose, California at the McEnery Convention …

Virtual Reality

What happened to John Carmack after the book Masters of Doom?

John Carmack is famous for creating the games Doom and Quake. In the book Masters of Doom, you will learn how he created those games and the company …

Virtual Reality

"The Wanderer" singer sues ZeniMax over use of his song in "repugnant" Fallout 4 ads

Remember the excellent Fallout 4 cinematic ads that were everywhere around the time its late-2015 release? They captured the mood of the …

Universal Music Group

Weekend reading: 300+ pages of interviews with John Carmack

Heads up, devs: If you're looking for a little light reading this weekend, why not check out programmer Fabien Sanglard's archive of John Carmack …

Game Design

Fallout 4 Parent Company Sued Over "Repugnant" Ads

ZeniMax--the parent company of Fallout 4 publisher Bethesda--is being sued over ads that the claimant says are "repugnant and morally indefensible." The lawsuit comes from singer-songwriter Dion DiMucci, whose song "The Wanderer" is used in the trailer in question. You can take a look at it …

Universal Music Group

The Exceptional Beauty Of Doom 3's Source Code

This is a story about <i>Doom 3</i>'s source code and how beautiful it is. Yes, <i>beautiful</i>. Allow me to explain.<p><i>This article was originally published on</i> …

Programming

The Myth of the Commodity Coder

There seems to be a common misconception that software programming is a skilled labor vocation, rather than a specialized or professional career. …

Programming

Judge tells ZeniMax and Oculus to end their legal battle

One of the biggest stories of 2017 for the VR industry is also one of its longest. The year started out with ZeniMax Media taking Facebook-owned Oculus to court over an alleged theft of technology. A jury eventually ruled that Oculus must pay ZeniMax $500 million, but that wasn’t the end of things …

Virtual Reality

After winning $500 million from Oculus, ZeniMax wants more money

After being awarded $500 million USD in its lawsuit against Oculus, id Software owner ZeniMax is back in court arguing for more money.<p>While <i>Gamasutra</i> …

Virtual Reality

Facebook Struggles in Legal Fight to Keep the Oculus Rift on Shelves

Facebook was back in federal court today to plead with a judge to reject ZeniMax’s request to halt sales of the Oculus Rift headset. The argument by …

Virtual Reality

Dallas judge tells Facebook and ZeniMax lawyers to keep working toward a settlement

<b>Updated at 2:40 p.m. with outcome of court hearing.</b><p>Facebook Inc. wants a federal judge to let it continue sales of its virtual-reality headsets even …

Virtual Reality

Facebook’s Oculus Fights Sales Ban for VR Rift Headset

Facebook Inc. wants a federal judge to let it continue sales of its virtual-reality headsets even though a jury said the social-media giant’s Oculus …

Virtual Reality

‘What the hell happened?’: The rise and fall of suborbital space tourism companies

<i>This article originally appeared in the June 5, 2017 issue of SpaceNews magazine.</i>Burt Rutan was not happy.The famous aircraft designer, now retired, …

Space

Skyrim is coming to the PlayStation VR

Bethesda has been getting its money out of that whole Skyrim thing.<p>Today at Sony’s E3 2017 press conference, the studio announced it would be rereleasing Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim on PlayStation VR this November.<p>The company already announced yesterday that it was bringing the title to Nintendo Switch …

Virtual Reality

'Doom' is getting a VR game

The long-running “Doom” series is getting a brand new entry in “Doom VFR,” a new virtual reality game for the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR …

Virtual Reality