Some brief thoughts about John Carmack

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#1 AlexKidd5000
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Ever since the release of the first Rage, I felt that it was time for Carmack to retire. I wonder if he felt the same way when he left id. Like, there is only so much more he could do to further advance the gaming industry. Maybe he felt like it was time to pass the torch to the next great game programmers, and let them pave the way into the future.

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#2 mrbojangles25
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@AlexKidd5000: People like Carmack aren't really developers any more, they're brands and symbols. They're a name to mention when the article you're writing about game development needs credence, or when the game you're developing needs to be taken seriously.

It's why people like Carmack sit on the board of whatever. Why people like Romero, who co-founded Id Sofware, now makes mobile games. It's why we still hold people like Sid Meier in high regard despite him not making anything awesome for some time.

I guess what I am saying is this: these people are already retired, for the most part.