id Software’s John Carmack says he’s more excited about the games industry than he’s ever been, suggesting that the ‘good old days’ people look back to are happening as we speak.
John Carmack doesn’t look back on his career, remember his finest achievements and feel a sense of longing to be back there. He doesn’t like picking up Lifetime Achievement awards (he gets “mildly annoyed” at the prospect of having to go and collect them). But this is the man who created Doom and Quake. How come this is the case?
It’s because Carmack thinks the games industry is in a better place than it’s ever been before, producing more engaging and brilliant titles than previously in the medium’s history.
“I know there are people that think back to the ‘good old days’, but for me the good old days are right now,” he explained. “I am more excited about what I’m doing and what I’m working on than ever before.”
And if he’s proud of anything, he explained in an interview with NowGamer, it’s that he may have helped to bring about this era more quickly than it would have otherwise arrived. Not that someone else wouldn’t have ended up doing exactly the same thing, he’s quick to point out – “it might just have taken several more years.”
Carmack is about to turn 40, and he hopes he’s programming for the rest of his life. So whatever he’s achieved, he’s now looking to the future, rather than the past. “There’s a lot yet to do,” he said.
id Software’s latest game, Rage, is due out in the UK on Friday, for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Keep up to date with all the latest Rage news right here at BeefJack!