It was just announced that id Software’s John Carmack will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards, in recognition of “two decades of groundbreaking technical contributions, and his role establishing the first-person shooter genre with landmark titles like DOOM and Quake.”
The award was voted on by an elite list of gaming luminaries, including Ben Cousins (EA DICE), Harvey Smith (Arkane), Raph Koster (Metaplace), John Vechey (PopCap), Ray Muzyka (BioWare) and Clint Hocking (Ubisoft). Will Wright will present Carmack with the award on March 11.
Gamasutra did a good job of recapping Carmack’s many achievements:
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This week on iTunes, you can download the latest iPhone/iPod touch game from id Software – DOOM II RPG. Following up 2005′s DOOM RPG (as well as Wolfenstein RPG), this sequel features nine maps spanning the galaxy and beyond, three playable characters, and a number of weapons and baddies familiar to fans of the DOOM series. In addition, with your purchase of the game ($3.99), you’ll also receive a bonus digital comic.
For more details on the game, head to Touch Arcade to see the game in action and head to iTunes for a full description on the game.
On behalf of everyone here at Bethesda, I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to id Software. Here’s to another 19 years of frags.
My first memory of an id game was watching my neighborhood friend play DOOM, peeking over his shoulder for a quick glimpse at the future of gaming. I wouldn’t actually get to play an id shooter until much later, when I finally put together my first PC — a Voodoo 2-equipped, triangle-crunching monster. I vividly remember playing through those opening minutes of Quake 2, and the intense headache that followed my first taste of real-time 3D graphics. Avatar had nothing on that experience.
So let’s get this party started. Feel free to share your first, or favorite, id-related memories in the comments below.
Since we get plenty of emails asking about job availability, I thought I’d let you know there’s a number of job opportunities at id Software. Within the current listing, they have several programming positions open, as well as positions in Animation, Art, Design, IT, and Management.
id Software is located in Mesquite, TX — located in north central Texas and just east of Dallas. If you’re wondering what folks there might be ramping up for, the ad above might give you an idea.
The trees are coming down, the family has left town, and the big ball will soon be dropping. This probably means that many of you are finally getting some time to enjoy that hot holiday loot. Outside of red picky sweaters, what sorts of stuff did you guys haul in this year?
Of course, since family members can’t often be relied on to buy anything cool, some of you are probably looking to treat yourselves with a little gift card action. Toward that end, UGO recently put up its “Things Every Gamer Should Own” feature. In a teasing gesture, the list’s number one slot was occupied by the unobtainable Fallout 3 Brotherhood of Steel statue (pictured above). Unfortunately, the editors there have since outfitted the imposing soldier with a dainty fanny pack. Perhaps it’s time for the other brothers to stage a rescue op.
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Great Scott! As one of the few creatures scurrying around the office, today already feels like the night before Christmas, even if it’s two nights before Christmas. Most everyone has left for the holidays, and I’ll be doing the same soon. But before I head out, I thought I’d round up some of the latest online coverage — this time dominated by coverage of the 2000s, 2009, and 2010.
Top games of the decade, top stories of the year, best dinosaurs of all time — with both the year and decade coming to an end, these lists keep coming in. We start with IndustryGamers’s Top 20 Stories of 2009 –which features ZeniMax’s aquisition of id Software at #18. Speaking of id, RAGE makes Telegraph’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Games for 2010.
Elsewhere, Fallout 3 is in good company in Big Download’s Best PC Games of the Decade, while Morrowind and Oblivion share a spot in GameStooge’s Top 50 (with the countdown still going). Also, at The Yorker, Bethesda Game Studios ranks #9 in a list of the Top Ten Game Developers of the Decade.
While most sites are looking back at 09 and the decade as a whole, Joystiq revisits 2008 to help gamers find great titles with better deals. Making the list is Fallout 3.
Heading back to the future, head to Splash Damage’s site — where they have news on the “most wanted” lists Brink is making for 2010.
On the subject of what people want — see what Pete and Todd (and other industry folks) told Kotaku they want for Christmas. More on that soon.
Just a little bit ago, a special holiday update went up for QUAKE LIVE. For a limited time, you’ll have access to two players skins — Festive Santa and Vixen — as well as the Silent Night, a remake of the Team Arena map known as Distant Scream. For more details, check out this news post from QUAKE LIVE Executive Producer Marty Stratton….
“We hope you are enjoying the season and we want to say ‘thanks’ to everyone that has been a part of QUAKE LIVE this year. To celebrate the holidays, QUAKE LIVE style, the team has put together a little gift. Starting today, we’ll be running matches in a new Capture the Flag arena called “Silent Night.” This is a slightly re-worked version of an arena from Team Arena called “Distant Screams.” It’s primarily outdoors and larger than most of our other arenas, so it supports up to 32 players. We’re also providing 2 festive holiday characters for you to use over the next couple weeks – Santa and Vixen break out the rocket launchers for some Christmas fragging. For a quick preview of these gifts and a special holiday desktop wallpaper, check out the preview page.”
Whether you’re still working before the holidays or already relaxing at home, now is the perfect time to check out QUAKE LIVE.
To get the Holidays started with a BANG, id Software is kicking off the 12 Days of Christmas iPhone App sale starting today through January 1st 2010. DOOM Classic is on sale for $2.99, DOOM: Resurrection has been slashed to $1.99 and Wolfenstein 3-D Classic Platinum is only 99 cents. Don’t miss out on these great limited time deals for some of the iPhone’s best games!
Happy Holidays from all of us here at id!
Click here to visit the id Software iTunes App Page
The editors over at PCGamer put up their annual “Top 100 Games of All Time” list today.
The democratically-determined list features several games developed by Bethesda and id; Oblivion and Fallout 3 both made the top 10, while Quake III: Arena and DOOM II cracked the top 30. Check the whole deal out here.
Those interested in voting for the reader-selected top 100 can do so through this link. Luckily, you don’t need to put together your own 100-game list to participate.
In a press release this morning, it’s been announced that RAGE, currently under development from id Software, will now be published by Bethesda Softworks.
RAGE is planned for PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360. As we have more details on the game, we’ll let you know.