John Carmack's 9-Year-Old Son Made A Video Game; Play It Right Now

Like father, like son.

Industry veteran John Carmack's nine-year-old son, Ryan, has released his first video game. The game is called Angry Face, and it's a modified version of the classic game Pong.

Ryan Carmack says he coded the game (with Unity) himself, though his four-year-old brother helped with sound design and testing.

"This is the very first game that I've created and I want to make more in the future," he says. "I hope I get a good response and that everyone likes it."

Angry Face includes a "grandma mode" for people who want a slower experience; a "pro mode" is also available for faster gameplay. You can play the game today on PC and Mac for free using the Unity Web Player.

Presumably the game is called Angry Face because every time you connect with the "face" (the ball from Pong), its expressions get angrier and angrier.

Carmack co-founded id Software, and was instrumental in creating well-known franchises like Quake, Doom, and Wolfenstein. He now works as CTO at Oculus VR, maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

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javalino
javalino

for a son of a legend in game development , this s**ks . 

agentldr
agentldr

Mean while....

I tell my mom to reboot the computer and she just turns the monitor off and on..

vadagar1
vadagar1

game looks like it was made by a kid


oh wait .....

ezeuz
ezeuz

I'm actually pretty jealous.
I made a game in my 4-5th grade (8 years old), some kind of platformer, puzzle, and some arcade games.
But stopped because there is nothing I can do. I didn't get any kind of support or whatsoever.
I'm pretty unlucky that time.

There are actually many kids with big potential. They just need some guides.

hitomo
hitomo

ify ou believe this uar dump ... dump and Dumper ... so dump


besides teh fact of torturing small children in their physical development phase with coding


I just made a new game too


angry facepalm

Gamer3344
Gamer3344

What I am doing with my life? :(

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

I'll admit, that's just plain f*cking adorable. Kudos to Ryan.

berserker66666
berserker66666

I guess genius runs in the family. I wonder if John Carmack let his son play Doom?

Slammer612
Slammer612

This just in.. Zenimax sues John Carmack's 9 year old boy for stealing their idea for a game.

xonar2k3
xonar2k3

Decided to try this out. 


- I went for Normal play;

- The game starts and at first I thought I had to use the mouse for some reason, so immediately lost (or won?) a point. Second angry face starts and it goes in a straight line;

- Saw the control scheme (ws/ik) 1 second later but the face already started bouncing....perfectly centered!

- Didn't make any of the paddles move, just watched as they shrank in size with each consecutive hit;

- The face got Angry and the paddles are now no more than a few pixels, but it's still bouncing perfectly in a straight line between the pixel-paddles;


In short, haven't touched a damn key yet.

I'd leave this running for a while but that kid-roar and the paddle-hit sound after 380 points annoys me intensely!



spacecadet25
spacecadet25

A nine year old trying to use the nightmare that is Unity, without ANY help from his dad (none, none at all)?  C'mon.

Though I guess it is a 2D game that didn't require 3D character models, but come on.


spacecadet25
spacecadet25

One of those paddles better be female, otherwise Carmack's son is sexist, right Gamespot?

91210user
91210user

I'm jealous. I'm only 27 and it's hard enough to get people to play my games.

Ashbfc
Ashbfc

Does it have a season pass?

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

You should really make more babies John..they will all turn out geniuses.

unreal849
unreal849

In tomorrow's news, CliffyB's five-year-old criticizes some other kid for giving his lemonade stand a bad review, and blames low lemonade sales on piracy.

Pewbert
Pewbert

If his dad wasn't famous we would have never heard about this.

Nepotism!

DrKill09
DrKill09

"Hey, that's just Pong. Get with the times, man." - Bart Simpson

imajinn
imajinn

Awesome! I love that his child has interest in making games. Who knows? He may be one of the big makers of the future and bring something quite epic to the table later on.

lovely_dime
lovely_dime

Yeah that does look like a game made by a 9 year old

tomservo51
tomservo51

He's working on DLC as we speak.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@javalino  He is 9.  If Carmack made Doom when he was 9 I don't think it would have been nearly as good.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@futureops Not to mention he has written code to most of the game engines we see today, and whois work is endlessly copied or built upon for other game engines, tools sets, that is used in most everything to date. 


I laugh sometimes when I see people post he stole IP from that one group to go on and add to VR Occulus, "you mean he stole from his own self, to take to Occulus, lol" 

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

The guy that invented fps? You should google him

futureops
futureops

@ezeuz Same, I am currently 14 years old, I have made 2 games using Unreal Engine and Cry Engine but I never got any support, I just play them myself.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@hitomo I however, endlessly support the child slave labor act of 2014, all children of extremely wealthy, loving, and brilliant parents must all be forced to make us video games until poisonous gas overtakes them and the canaries in the mines .... of minecraft. 

So say-eth the great cat overlord- facepalm. 

camou504
camou504

I don't see why he shouldn't. by today's standards Doom is a kids game

giocher
giocher

@spacecadet25 It's not in the article but he says on the website that he learned Unity WITH his father (John Carmack never used it so they learned it together) but then he created the game on his own. ;)
Anyway the simple fact that he is even able to code at such a young age (he started a few years ago when he was even younger) it's remarkable. :)

yoggsoft
yoggsoft

@Ashbfc hehe Pre-order now for exclusive "Very old grandma mode bundle". Play it first on XBox, Only on Playstation!

hystavito
hystavito

@Darkhol0w He's 43, I was surprised he has a 4yr old child, I wonder how old his wife is.

hystavito
hystavito

@unreal849 and also says that he hopes the Oculus Rift isn't just a peripheral (ugh).

unreal849
unreal849

@tomservo51  If a child of a god of retro gaming tries to sell me DLC, I will know that the end has truly arrived.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@futureops @ezeuz Facebook what you have made, and keep making games, later on when you want a 6-figure game industry job- those can be part of your resume. 

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Actually using an engine for such a simple game is more designing than actually coding. If he did that in c++ or java without any framework I would be impressed

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@hystavito @Darkhol0w He is a big old nerd - who probably hit puberty around 30 - luckily since he has written code for some of the most popular games of all time and whois engines are used to run large portion of all games in the industry - his multi-millions landed him a cute asian girl who is probably just as smart as he is, with all of her accomplishments. 

giocher
giocher

@ArchoNils2 The simple fact that a 9 years old can code in C# (he stated in the website and also I remember his father saying on twitter that he was teaching him that programming language among others one or two years ago) is incredible...

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@ArchoNils2  Still, even designing and doing the execution within Unity, as a 9 year old, that is quite a feat.  At 9 years old kids have just recently learned how to read actual books (instead of just children's books).  And to have the motivation to do that, rather than watch t.v. or play around with friends, most 9 year olds don't have that kind of focus.