- Jan 28, 2014
I just started listening to it. Interview is over 2.5 hours.
Sadly I Can't say the same any longer. I have zero interest in VR and competitive multiplayer gaming, and esports in general.I finished listening to it and I wasn't even bored. If I were in Joe Rogan's position I could have made this interview last all day. I love that Carmack and I share the same interests with the same kind of enthusiasm. Probably true about a lot of us here.
A true legend IMO. If you read Masters of Doom you'd realize he's the only one from that team carrying on with those earlier visions: a fully realized VR world everyone can easily connect into. iD/Bethesda was only willing to go so far, so fast, into that stuff. Oculus/Palmer really saved him from getting too bogged down in the game development/cash-grab cycle. At the same time, he's stayed humble, not too stuck in the past, treats everyone (seemingly) with respect, insanely gracious with sharing his discoveries which helped fuel an amazing community of excited game devs-to-be, and still seems to enjoy what he's doing. Really hard to say the same for most in the industry, at least not those who ever reached "rockstar" status. Nowadays it's just rare, because teams are so big that no one person can really stand out, but things like Rift/Quest/Go wouldn't have been as successful if it weren't for John, even if he was just plunking away at some lower level video buffer management techniques or whatever... the competition for Valve/HTC and others in VR is probably also heightened with him more focused on it.
Haven't seen this yet, but John Carmack is the kind of person where I would watch his 3-hour or 4-hour QuakeCon keynotes in one sitting, and it felt like 20 minutes every time.
He not actually a fighter in the UFC, He's just a commentator. He is a black belt in Ju Jit su but doesn't get in the octogon.
I posted this before, but this is Carmack in attack mode, taking down Vin Diesel maybe (not sure, could be a video card manufacturer):Didn't expect him to also be into martial arts...
One of my favorite Rogan interviews. Carmack's a telltale "dont judge a book by its cover" sort of guy. Didn't expect him to also be into martial arts... is he like the master of all trades, but a Jack of none?
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he says Rage would have been a much bigger hit if it had been released 2 years earlier..."Be less ambitious with some of the technologies and get it out earlier"
I still feel like John needs strong writers and designers around him. He's a visionary with engines and large concepts, but not the details that make a game great.
Man, he sounds like a giant nerd. Never would have thought, lol. Good interview though.
Owns/drives/mods supercars, builds rockets, trains judo/BJJ/wrestling, codes iconic videogames and pretty much anything else you can think of, currently building VR hardware and experiences... And you got "giant nerd" out of all that?