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.
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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