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John Carmack Gets Lifetime Achievement Award

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The daddy of 3D engines that powered Doom and Quake games gets recognized.

John Carmack, one of the geniuses in 3D gaming technology will be recognized in March at 2010 Game Developers Choice Awards for his lifetime of achievement.

Carmack's involvement in the design of game engines led to the Doom and Quake franchises as well as the numerous games based off of his engine code.

The announcement from GDC reads:

John Carmack and his team at id Software, the company he co-founded in 1991, pioneered real-time 3D graphics in game, setting the pace and the standard for other developers to follow. Carmack and his colleagues at id are credited with essentially creating the modern-day first-person shooter (FPS) genre with the PC game Wolfenstein 3D in 1992, and helping to popularize networked multiplayer gaming on PCs with the release of Doom in 1993.

id has gone on to create other major FPS and action game franchises such as Quake, and Carmack and id Software are currently in development of a number of projects, including the free-to-play, web-based title Quake Live, the upcoming new franchise RAGE, and DOOM 4.

As a largely self-taught technology purist, Carmack has devoted himself to pushing the limits of hardware and software. He's helped to set the technical and gameplay standard for modern 3D gaming - and in the process, created some of the most popular video game franchises in history, which is why he's being honored by the Game Developers Choice Awards this year.

Former Game Developers Choice Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Sid Meier, Shigeru Miyamoto, Will Wright - who will be presenting the award to Carmack at the ceremony on March 11, 2010 during Game Developers Conference 2010 in San Francisco - and other legendary game creators.

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    JohnnyLucky , February 23, 2010 11:28 PM
    A very bright and talented individual.

    Looking at the list of previous recipients I noticed Sid Meier of "Civilization" fame. That brings back a lot of memories from a long long time ago.
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    Shadow703793 , February 24, 2010 12:09 AM
    blargerf he gets a hair cut he might even get laid before the end.

    Fail. He already has a wife and a kid.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._Carmack
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    Shadow703793 , February 24, 2010 12:08 AM
    JohnnyLuckyA very bright and talented individual.Looking at the list of previous recipients I noticed Sid Meier of "Civilization" fame. That brings back a lot of memories from a long long time ago.

    +1. Too bad they don't make games like games like Wolfenstien, Quake,etc any more. All we have now are cr@ppy console ports.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 23, 2010 11:28 PM
    A very bright and talented individual.

    Looking at the list of previous recipients I noticed Sid Meier of "Civilization" fame. That brings back a lot of memories from a long long time ago.
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    brendano257 , February 23, 2010 11:30 PM
    Gratz! Idk what I would do without my FPS games :) 
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    overclockingrocks , February 23, 2010 11:46 PM
    well deserved imho. The man created some of the most popular computer games ever written. Wolf 3D, the Doom series and Quake are all under this man's belt. Hats off to you Mr Carmack you are a pioneer in this industry and produced the greatest FPS games known to date. Here's to more success
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    Shadow703793 , February 24, 2010 12:08 AM
    JohnnyLuckyA very bright and talented individual.Looking at the list of previous recipients I noticed Sid Meier of "Civilization" fame. That brings back a lot of memories from a long long time ago.

    +1. Too bad they don't make games like games like Wolfenstien, Quake,etc any more. All we have now are cr@ppy console ports.
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    Shadow703793 , February 24, 2010 12:09 AM
    blargerf he gets a hair cut he might even get laid before the end.

    Fail. He already has a wife and a kid.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._Carmack
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    gsacks , February 24, 2010 1:54 AM
    brendano257Gratz! Idk what I would do without my FPS games

    It is called the outdoors. I kid.
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    matt87_50 , February 24, 2010 2:05 AM
    we miss you man.

    all those years ago when you showed Nintendo what gaming could really look like, on the family PC no less.

    wish you would do it again now...
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    tacoslave , February 24, 2010 2:45 AM
    gsacksIt is called the outdoors. I kid.

    buy a console lol
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    anamaniac , February 24, 2010 6:19 AM
    This guy deserves a freaking Emmy, Oscar, Nobel Peace Prize (really Obama, you kidding me?), and a moat of sharks with fricking lasers on their heads!

    Even then, we wouldn't be doing the man justice.
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    back_by_demand , February 24, 2010 6:37 AM
    The Doom Ri-Res pack is the way to go guys.
    Download it
    Play it
    It is the way, the truth and the light.
    I still haven't made it as far as the end level of Doom 2 where you see John Romero's head on a spike, it will be interesting to see if they have got a more up to date skin for John's face.
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    Parsian , February 24, 2010 6:57 AM
    IDDQD IDKFA anybody :p  good old days i still remember :D 
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2010 9:03 AM
    this guy has no boundaries
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    kikireeki , February 24, 2010 10:57 AM
    he absolutely deserves it but isn't that too late?
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    Regulas , February 24, 2010 11:03 AM
    I still have fond memories of playing Doom 1&2 on a Pentium 1 running at 60MHz. Doom 3 is still probably the scariest game I ever played. Now stop making iPhone games and finish Doom 4.
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    stratplaya , February 24, 2010 11:27 AM
    Congrats to Carmack. Somewhere John Romero is kicking himself again, for leaving id.
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    back_by_demand , February 24, 2010 11:35 AM
    stratplayaCongrats to Carmack. Somewhere John Romero is kicking himself again, for leaving id.

    At least he is immortalised as a head on a spike
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2010 12:08 PM
    Glad he got the award he deserves it.

    Not only for making breakthrough games but for also supporting Linux !

    I should mention I had 3D fps games on the Amiga pre Carmack...
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    rantoc , February 24, 2010 12:16 PM
    Congratulations! How many games have tried to live up to the quakes gamestyle, quick, fast, skillbased FPS.

    Not like todays wannabe console games with auto-aim and other crap needed to even control it, then when the word skill or elite gamer is amonth the words i can only laugh my ass off!
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    Anonymous , February 24, 2010 2:17 PM
    Hey... don't forget Carmack's involvement in Commander Keen, either! Why the heck does "real" gaming all have to be FPSs?
    Does anyone remember the blurb in Commander Keen 1 where they "previewed" Quake... at the time they bragged about the 256 color graphics and how you would start out as the most powerful person on earth!
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