Carmack Doom-ed to Lifetime Achievement Award

id Software CTO to pick up top honor at 2010 Game Developers Choice Awards as part of GDC in San Francisco next month; Warren Spector hosting.

Thanks to seminal early-'90s hits such as Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein, id Software essentially invented the first-person shooter genre as the industry currently knows it. Beyond being pioneers in the field of real-time 3D graphics, id's early software lineup also contributed to the proliferation of such standard features as networked multiplayer matches.

John Carmack

Now, the man behind the technology that powered those early shooters will have one more honor to add to his mantel, as Game Developers Conference show runners UBM TechWeb Game Network (formerly Think Services Game Group) announced today that it would honor id chief technical officer John Carmack with a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2010 Game Developers Choice Awards.

According to show organizers, the Lifetime Achievement Award "recognizes the career and achievements of developers who have made an indelible impact on the craft of game development." Award winners are chosen by the Choice Awards Advisory Committee, which comprises industry luminaries such as Ben Cousins (EA DICE), Harvey Smith (Arkane), Raph Koster (Metaplace), John Vechey (PopCap), Ray Muzyka (BioWare), and Clint Hocking (Ubisoft).

"It's no exaggeration to say that John Carmack and id Software have had a monumental influence on all modern 3D games, but especially the first-person shooter genre," said GDC event director Meggan Scavio of Carmack's selection. "John is one of the key figures in the history of video games, and we're delighted to be giving him the Lifetime Achievement award this year."

Carmack will receive the accolade at the GDCAs, which will take place on March 11 in San Francisco as part of GDC 2010. The studio, which was purchased by Bethesda Softworks parent company Zenimax Media in June 2009, is currently work on the all-new intellectual property Rage, as well as Doom 4 and a free-to-play Web browser-based version of Quake, which is currently in a beta-testing phase.

GDC show runners also announced today that Junction Point Studios founder Warren Spector will host the 2010 GDCAs. Spector is best known for his contributions to the System Shock, Deus Ex, and Thief franchises. His studio, which was acquired by Disney in July 2007, is currently working on Epic Mickey, a platforming adventure game slated to ship for the Wii later this year.

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125 comments
asian_pride69
asian_pride69

Hey, with Quake and Doom, he truly deserves it. Gratz to Carmack :)

ThiefX
ThiefX

It does look a lot like Fallout 3 and Borderlands... and Doom.. and Bioshock. oh..

DaGamingDude
DaGamingDude

@Hanzoadam Doom meets Bioshock,Fallout 3 and Borderlands.

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

Bioshock meets fallout 3 and borderlands ?

Frysco415
Frysco415

finally, game designers are getting the kind of praise the folks in movies do

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Congrats to Carmack! Well deserved indeed! is definitely the game that really influenced me back in the day, and certainly defined my love of the FPS.

tmaclabi
tmaclabi

@theKSMM-Yeah, i agree, the guy is a real genius.

Falcon084
Falcon084

Doom seems like a life time ago! Good on him With out doom we may not have seen classics like Fallout3/Call of Duty ect because he was the master mind behind the FPS.

RyuRanVII
RyuRanVII

Not only him, but all id Software deserves this award.

Tentaculat
Tentaculat

More and more the gaming industry is starting to resemble the movie industry...wich I guess explains why it's so incredibly hard to find a game that doesn't utterly sucks now a days.

theKSMM
theKSMM

This man is a genius. I mean that literally...scary smart.

kdawg88
kdawg88

Can't say much for the games themselves but definitely for the technology.

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

@ninjaroach81 I can't I already killed my liver with the hatred :P When I first posted I forgot one very important thing,he made 3D gaming practical. Its not just FPS's either. Now the reason I "hate" him is because he is a industry drone, I loath industry drones because they make arbitrary and bland games.

MaSaNa321
MaSaNa321

hes such a nice guy totally deserved that. i remember when i was 5 years old we played Doom and blasted the s*it out of everything with my brother in my grandmas house :> it was so violent and bloody haha i owe a beer to Carmack!!

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

@ZippyDSMLee You seem to be focusing on his later work (yes Doom 3 wasn't much more than a clone of the shooters on the market at the time, but it was still entertaining). This award has more to do with the early work (Wolf3D, Doom, Quake, et al) which popularized and defined the FPS genre; without him, there would be no COD, MOH, Halo, GOW etc. Put down the Haterade and just let the guy get his just rewards!

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

@ acer_062:I dunno there are to many yes men and lulzers these days, no one really cares about balance or qaulity of the qaulity of balance. D3 was a horrible game engine and about as bad as a game. It was a poor attempt at cinergy IMO mixing film elements into a game is going to turn out bad 90% of the time because the majority of film is static in nature its meant to be watched and not interacted with. Doom 3 was the worst thing to happen to ID. And whats really sad DOOM 1(quake,quake 2) has better level layouts than most new first person games.....

DaGamingDude
DaGamingDude

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TWayne1020
TWayne1020

I remember playing the first Doom game for the first time, which was my first FPS, and I thought " This is the coolest game I've ever played, It's like seeing as I would through my own eyes !!! I've been hooked on the FPS ever since. Well desevered and congrats !!!

Massacher
Massacher

well done John Carmack, a well deserved win!

XenoLair
XenoLair

He deserves it, but Tom Hall does too!

acer_062
acer_062

@ZippyDSMLee I think that was a bit harsh. If I had a time machine I would probably just travel back and give him a haircut!!

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

I wish I can go back in time to kill the FPS genre right there. Now working on the time machine, hopefully one day I can do it.

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

@DaGamingDude O'rly I bet he weighs less than 250LB :P I be the bigger man just much less well received and achived'd :P LOL Not that much of a legend since the D3 engine was so shtty but the doom engine did set in motion 3D gaming, so ya I guess he dose deserve it for that alone.. @ jadefury27 Ya Carmack is a douche was a douche like Romero is/was and for the record Daikatana was better than D3 only because it had non corridor shooter levels in it was. But anyway both have gotten to big for themselves.... tho Carmack is in a better position to redeem himself engine creation wise but frankly looking at Id's staff these days.... I can't be hopeful Rage or anything attached to ID will not be a simplified and dumbed down game for the times. I mean D3 barely was a success,Q4 floundered,Wolfensiten is a joke there is no soul nor rime nor reason to game dev anymore its just make it sell it and on to the next project...

rmccarthy20
rmccarthy20

looks like a mix between Fallout 3 and Borderlands, really it does which is kinda interesting but i hope it doesn't take away from the game

d3nyd
d3nyd

Without John Carmack and the rest of id, there would be no FPS genre or it certainly wouldn't exist as it does today. Nearly every single FPS game you play today has traces of their old engines in it. Next time you fire up MW2 or Left 4 Dead 2, you're playing games that were, at their core, built on id's old games.

itBit
itBit

Carmack is the man! although id games lately sucked .. I think that Rage will turn the table

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

I've got two words to say about John Carmack... EPIC WIN!!!!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@nini200, Thanks for completely missing my point, i simply stated that the IP Port '666' was 'APT' (appropriate) and made no association whatsoever with "Dark or Evil". I laugh at people that make ASSumptions..

grognard
grognard

Well deserved. He arguably should have won this award the first year. While his game engines are certainly his greatest contributions, he was also visionary in adopting shareware (what became demos) and early online gaming.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Way to go Carmack. Without you I don't know what games us FPS players would be playing now. Your influence is undeniable.

D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

The original ID team need to reform. Anyway, Well done John!

BlockBLX
BlockBLX

@nini200 And I laugh at people who think that the number 666 is "evil" or "dark".

nini200
nini200

@Thenepharious No that's not cool at all. It's actually very lame. I laugh at people that think because they have Dark or Evil crap, that they are cool. Anyway, I like ID software, especially the Doom series so I congratulate him for his award as it is well deserved.

alixkid
alixkid

/CLAP CLAP well done about time he got the award!!

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

I was not a huge fan of the Id phenomenon - the FPS genre came to completely dominate the PC gaming industry at the expense of adventure and classic strategy titles - but there is no denying Carmack's influence and impact. Kudos. Doom itself was enough of a landmark to make this a no-brainer. He's in some seriously elite company. Miyamoto, Meier, Wright... the giants.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Did you know: That iD software has a dedicated Internet Port just for their products, aptly numbered '666' Now thats cool. ...and yes, he absoloutely deserves this award and recognition.

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

Nice. Definitely deserves the honour, as ID is practically the pioneer of FPS shooter games.

oskuuu
oskuuu

he sure deserved it :)

nonfanboy
nonfanboy

I wonder if they'll give him the award "When It's Done".