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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
DOOM 3: BFG Edition Second Unit Director or Assistant Director


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 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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Like most things, it is difficult to come up with a single weighted sum of the value of a programmer. I prefer to evaluate multiple axis independently. Programming is really just the mundane aspect of expressing a solution to a problem. There are talents that are specifically related to actually coding, but the real issue is being able to grasp problems and devise solutions that are detailed ... See more »


One of Carmack's favorite novels is Vernor Vinge's "A Deepness in the Sky". See more »



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