This year – as has been the case for virtually all years previously – the highlight of QuakeCon was, of course, the keynote from the man himself: John Carmack, co-founder and Technical Director of id Software. Arguably, this man is the reason everybody was in Texas this weekend, having worked on everything from Shadowforge in the late 80s, all the way to groundbreaking titles like Wolfenstein 3D, Quakem the entire DOOM series, and most recently, RAGE.
Carmack’s 2012 keynote focussed primarily on gaming, rather than the other elements of technology he’s touched on previously. He hops from mobile gaming to PC development to Windows 8 to DOOM 4 to his new project, the Oculus Rift. And – illustrating yet again why he is a favourite among developers, Carmack opens his presentation with an apology for the PC release of RAGE, explaining that everything just “went wrong” for id while the company was working on the 2011 game.
The video has been thoughtfully provided by QuakeCon, so set this one to load, go grab a drink and some snacks, and then settle in for more than 180 minutes of insight from the master.
(…also: We’d like to mention that PSY – Gangnam Style (강남스타일) was listed in our “Related videos” box. That means you should probably watch it, right?)