CES 07: Emmys doubly Doomed

John Carmack and id Software are honored for "cutting-edge contributions to rendering technology" and "technological leadership."

Last night at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Sony was feted by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the body which hands out Emmys. Specifically, the organization honored the PlayStation 3's Sixaxis controller, which senses motion along (wait for it) six axes, with a Technology Emmy Award.

His Carmackness.

Turns out, the academy had two more winged statuettes to dole out--and both went to honor the twisted minds behind the Doom and Quake series. One was given to the games' developer, id Software, for "the company's technological leadership in rendering breakthroughs with the Quake technology." The original Quake hit PCs in 1996. The newest installment in the series, Quake 4, was released for the PC and Xbox 360 in 2005.

The other id-related Emmy went to John Carmack, id Software's cofounder and technical director. According to id, the award was to honor Carmack's "cutting-edge contributions to rendering technology as the lead programmer on Doom." The first Doom was released in 1993. The latest entry in the franchise, Doom 3, was released for the PC in 2004 and was ported to the Xbox in 2005.

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yellosnolvr
yellosnolvr

they didnt even start quake until doom was out...

DeadParrot145
DeadParrot145

they didn't start it with quake, they started it with wolf 3d

rich181
rich181

ID started FPS multiplayer and the Quake series were the first FPS you could play over the internet (it was reliable and had enough people playing it to be fun), and without ID the FPS genre wouldn't be what it is today. Proof? Carmack's engines have powered and inspired countless other FPS games, to dispute that is ignorant. ID and Carmack deserve their awards, they never claimed to have started FPS, but they did make it availalble and viable to the masses (especially with the wad creation capabiities). Besides, like it or not, Doom and Quake inspired a whole generation of gamers to crave the FPS experience.

zeus_gb
zeus_gb

I can't imagine a games industry without the incredibly talented John Carmack and ID Software. They both throughly deserve it! Unfortunately I don't think Doom should have all the credit as it didn't start the FPS genre, it simply made it more popular. There were three FPS games before it and one was Wolfenstein 3D.

GIJesse77
GIJesse77

Man, i love that doom series! Even after all these years i still play Zdaemon.

Kebn
Kebn

good for them

jeszac
jeszac

What's with those guys? They give awards 14 years later? For Carmack, this guy is quite a computing genius and deserves everything he has, it's also very funny to see his hands constantly in a "ready to type millions of code lines" position. Respect

djaisi_dude
djaisi_dude

John Carmack didn't invent the FPS genre. "It Came from the Desert" was out years earlier (than Doom or Wolfenstein 3D). But it isn't the first time derivative garbage was rewarded by the academy.

shiben
shiben

Carmack rox! DOOM started it all!

Versus_XIII
Versus_XIII

Way to go DOOM!! This is still one of my favourites!!

theKSMM
theKSMM

Carmack is the man. And amazingly, programming is allegedly not his only area of technical expertise. He could probably have a doctorate in physics or something if he wanted it. I hope he keeps up his research / development into rendering techniques. CliffyB needs the competition to help keep him sharp. :) PS -- I wish somebody would do a good software renderer again...

okassar
okassar

Sony shouldn't have gotten that award.It's a pretty bad controller.The only good thing about is that it's so light,you can get into a games and it would pop right out of your hand,wait,is that a good thing?Lol.Check out how bad its motion sensing capabilities are playing Call of Duty 3 on it.

Cablestein
Cablestein

Anyone seen Carmack in video interviews, or heard his voice? It's funny, he has some peculiar sound he makes on some words especially at the end of sentences. Something like "So this feature will certainly push the limit with todays gaaaAAAaamesmmmmhmmmm".

Digital-Hero
Digital-Hero

Congrats to Carmack the genius. The industry needs more Carmack's.

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

People who don't think Doom and Quake were important titles need a history lesson. John Carmach and id deserve their awards. (not to say other people don't deserve awards as well) And the Dual Shock controller is significant. (Hell, Sony hasn't been able to come up with a better model in three generations)

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

the guys behind doom and the guys behind the original playstationare probably the most important figures in gaming history as they made it mainstream.

Konfusion
Konfusion

Please GameSpot, fix your stuff up. It is well known by now that SONY lied about the SIXAXIS Emmy, they won it for the Dual Shock.

fastpunk
fastpunk

Yo stop spamming with that console wars trash and post on-topic. Yes, Carmack deserves the award... but I disagree with one of the users that said he is "by far the most important person within the development front of the industry"... It seems to me Tim Sweeney from Epic is just as good and as important (Unreal Engine anyone?).

nobeaner
nobeaner

re-quoting evilsmeevil: "EvilSmeevil I don't know if this has been posted yet, but Sony have somehow made a mistake. The award wasn't for the Sixaxis, it was for the dual shock. The except below this i read off destructoid, but seems almost certainly legit. And sorry for the long post but I figured it was justified Seamus Byrne of Hydrapinion decided to do a looking into the matter. The SIXAXIS won an award but the Wiimote didn't? Something seemed fishy. After managing to get in touch with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, this is what he found out: A follow up message from Christine Chin from NATAS tells us Sony has it all wrong. The award was for the original dual shock controller. Here is her message in full... I understand you had contacted Cheryl Daly, Director of Communications at NATAS to confirm if Sony won for their PS3 controller. This is incorrect, Sony won for their dual shock analog controller. The award is from the Video Game Technology Group. It was nominated by our internal group and considered along with the Nintendo D-Pad both of which were considered Emmy worthy for the development of the generation of controllers that followed the classic joysticks. I would like to confirm that Sony did not win for their PS3 controller, they won for their Dual Shock Analog controller..... So there you have it. This makes a lot more sense, and Sony's press release was flat out incorrect. Best case, an error. Worst case... Chrstine also said she will clarify this with Sony."

maxxorz
maxxorz

Carmack is by far the most important person within the development front of the industry, without him, or Romero, we would be nowhere.

pandaramaster
pandaramaster

Congrats to Carmack but I disagree with the sixaxis winning the award. Has anyone heard of the Wii Remote?

nellbrown
nellbrown

Im sorry, but carmack deserves every award that comes his way he really does, the guy is a genius and probably could of done any job he wanted to, but he as created the best graphics engines on the planet, I mean the industry would not be what it is today without him / Id (romero inc) I work in a hospital lab, and we still play the original doom over the network (when its quiet ofc)

maxxorz
maxxorz

new rule: you're not allowed to comment unless you know what the hell you're commenting on.

Macphisto31
Macphisto31

I´m with you Legacyoftain. Dreamcast controller rocks. The analog triggers are great for driving games, and it had the VM. 1 con: bit heavy with the rumble pack.

Autolycus
Autolycus

the six axis controller? they are kidding, right? this is a total PR stunt

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

SephirothSyZtem "ya.....he doesnt deserve it. They are plenty plenty more people. Doom and quake are both avrage series now that hardly push anything." Dude, this award being given to Carmack IS for his lifetime achievement at the time when he was creating & showing off his Quake 1 engine. Get it?

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

That famous portrait face of his...

Legacyoftain
Legacyoftain

Honestly...the dreamcast has the best controller ever...who's with me on that? Yea it was big but it fits in your hand perfectly and is very easy to use. *inuendo*

TerrALtheIBLE
TerrALtheIBLE

"I still say the Playstation controller is a tried and true design, and it remains my favorite." - shortyx777 What if I said, "I still say the horse driven plow is a tried and true design, and it remains my favorite." Obviously the horse driven plow is a tried and true design, and I love it. But that does not make the horse driven plow the best at its job.

ungodlyabyss
ungodlyabyss

Sony's Sixaxis is NOT a copy of Nintendo's controller. GET IT THROUGH YOUR THICK SKULL!

SephirothSyZtem
SephirothSyZtem

ya.....he doesnt deserve it. They are plenty plenty more people. Doom and quake are both avrage series now that hardly push anything.

WNxCozzy
WNxCozzy

shortyx777 Hahahah, that's exactly what I was thinking! "Hmmmm yeah, if you could just go ahead and have that done by the end of the day, that'd be greeeeeeat m'kay? Thanks a bunch Peter."

thakingrocka
thakingrocka

i keep mistaking this guy for the dell kid.

datniccah187
datniccah187

I love the sixaxix, i think its n awesome controller. It has a very nice feel.

Indiana_Jones85
Indiana_Jones85

Does anyone else think Carmack slightly looks like Bill Lumberg from Office Space in that photo? On topic: I still say the Playstation controller is a tried and true design, and it remains my favorite.

-AJ-
-AJ-

Does everyone now realize it didnt win an emmy for the controller? I thought I made that clear with my post hours and hours ago.

TeamR
TeamR

It's not every day you can just open the internet and read about another one of sony's screw ups... oh wait, Yes it is.

slick_gio
slick_gio

Hmm, so Sony DIDN'T win for the Sixaxis controller. That makes sense. So now what will Sony do?

CivicGSR
CivicGSR

I said WTF when i read this, so I looked further into it, and found something about this that EvilSmeevil already uncovered... "EvilSmeevil I don't know if this has been posted yet, but Sony have somehow made a mistake. The award wasn't for the Sixaxis, it was for the dual shock. The except below this i read off destructoid, but seems almost certainly legit. And sorry for the long post but I figured it was justified Seamus Byrne of Hydrapinion decided to do a looking into the matter. The SIXAXIS won an award but the Wiimote didn't? Something seemed fishy. After managing to get in touch with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, this is what he found out: A follow up message from Christine Chin from NATAS tells us Sony has it all wrong. The award was for the original dual shock controller. Here is her message in full... I understand you had contacted Cheryl Daly, Director of Communications at NATAS to confirm if Sony won for their PS3 controller. This is incorrect, Sony won for their dual shock analog controller. The award is from the Video Game Technology Group. It was nominated by our internal group and considered along with the Nintendo D-Pad both of which were considered Emmy worthy for the development of the generation of controllers that followed the classic joysticks. I would like to confirm that Sony did not win for their PS3 controller, they won for their Dual Shock Analog controller..... So there you have it. This makes a lot more sense, and Sony's press release was flat out incorrect. Best case, an error. Worst case... Chrstine also said she will clarify this with Sony."

GrayHalo
GrayHalo

Like the grammies, this was an eye rolling affair of dubious debauchery, and a travesty at the very least. nuff said about ps3's gank-creative-ideas-axis

Kartel101
Kartel101

I cant believe these ppl the nerve to give the copycat (Sony) the award over nintendo, what they should have given them instead is the 'carbon copy of the year' award.

Greatwasabi
Greatwasabi

Wow. They gave a technological Emmy to the Six Axis controller?! Another company made that same kind of controller, in I think 1999? Maybe earlier. And it had rumble!

wire-dj
wire-dj

CarnivaleClown Christian111, wasnt Wolfenstein 3D before Doom? Well guess who made Wolfenstein?? ID