“Doom,” 3D graphics pioneer John Carmack joins Oculus


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John Carmack will join virtual reality headset company Oculus as CTO, Oculus announced this morning in a blog post.

Carmack is considered one of the founders of 3D graphics and served as lead programmer for Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake. He was the first developer to integrate Oculus’ Rift goggles into a game. Polygon reports he will retain his position at id Software, which he cofounded.

He composed a note for the Oculus community to mark the occasion:

“I have fond memories of the development work that led to a lot of great things in modern gaming – the intensity of the first person experience, LAN and internet play, game mods, and so on. Duct taping a strap and hot gluing sensors onto Palmer’s early prototype Rift and writing the code to drive it ranks right up there. Now is a special time. I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer. The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today; probably by people reading this message. It’s certainly not there yet. There is a lot more work to do, and there are problems we don’t even know about that will need to be solved, but I am eager to work on them. It’s going to be awesome!”

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