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John Carmack

John Carmack was born on August 20, 1970 in Roeland Park, Kansas, USA as John D. Carmack II. He is known for his work on Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001), Quake 4 (2005) and Wolfenstein 3D (1992). He has been married to Anna Katherine Kang since December 1999. They have one child. See full bio »

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Quake 4 Director
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 2012 DOOM 3: BFG Edition (Video Game) (technical director)
 2004 Doom 3 (Video Game) (programmer) / (technical director)
 1999 Quake III: Arena (Video Game) (lead programmer)
 1997 Quake II (Video Game) (lead programmer)
 1997 Doom 64 (Video Game) (programmer)
 1996 Quake (Video Game) (lead programmer)
 1996 Final Doom (Video Game) (programmer)
 1995 Hexen (Video Game) (programmer: 3D engine)
 1994 Heretic (Video Game) (programmer: 3-D engine) / (set engineer)
 1994 Doom II: Hell on Earth (Video Game) (lead programmer)
 1993 Doom (Video Game) (programmer)
 1992 Spear of Destiny (Video Game) (software engineer)
 1991 'Goodbye, Galaxy!' Episode V: The Armageddon Machine (Video Game) (programming team)
 1991 Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter! (Video Game) (software engineer)
 1991 'Goodbye, Galaxy!' Episode IV: Secret of the Oracle (Video Game) (programming team)
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Co-founder, owner and lead programmer of id Software [us] (1991-Present).

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I was sort of an amoral little jerk when I was young. I was arrogant about being smarter than other people, but unhappy that I wasn't able to spend all my time doing what I wanted. I spent a year in a juvenile home for a first offence after an evaluation by a psychologist went very badly. See more »


Every game released by Carmack's company has pushed the game and graphics envelops to new levels, leading the next revolution in 3-D interactive games with both single and multiplayer technology. Wolfenstein 3D (1992) ushered in the concept of the first-person shooter game. This concept was forever changed when Doom (1993) (VG) was released, setting the benchmark for all 3-D action games. Doom II ... See more »



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