Sunday 25 September 2016

Game-making pioneer John Carmack to receive BAFTA Fellowship

Daniel Anderson

Published 24/03/2016 | 10:20

John Carmack
John Carmack

John Carmack, one of the founding members of id Software is to be honoured with a BAFTA Fellowship at the ceremony in April

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John Carmack is a name synonymous with some of the most significant games in history, including Wolfenstein 3D, Quake and Doom. But we'll always remember him for Commander Keen!

As a lead programmer, Carmack was responsible for the Keen series which was the first game from a brand new company called id Software. In 1991, they invented the modern first person shooter with Wolfenstein 3D and went on to release classic titles like Doom, Doom II, Hexen, Quake, Quake II, Quake III: Arena, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Doom 3, Quake 4 and Rage. There are few more influential programmers in the history of the industry, and it's fitting that Carmack is to be honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship at the British Academy Game Awards in April.

Carmack is still innovating, now working directly with Oculus Rift as their CTO and intent on bringing the power of virtual reality to as many people as possible. On the Fellowship, he had this to say:

"Receiving a BAFTA Fellowship is a great honour. Over the course of my career, I’ve remained passionate about the potential for engineering and technology improvements to expand the range of human creativity. Graphics, networking, extendable platforms, and now virtual reality; each has enabled magnificent new things that delight millions of people. I am as excited about the future today as I was when I started."

It's a well deserved reward, and will be handed out during the ceremony on the 7th of April, hosted by Dara O’Briain.

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