Oculus Appoints Game Programming Legend John Carmack as Their CTO

By August 7, 2013

Pretty exciting news in the tech world today as Oculus (makers of VR gaming headset, Oculus Rift) announced on their official site they’ve officially appointed game programming legend John Carmack as their CTO (Chief Technology Officer).

If the name sounds familiar, Carmack co-founded id Software – the company known for some epic tech breakthroughs in PC gaming as well as their 3D graphics and creating game engines used by the big boys throughout the VG industry. Oh, and he served as lead programmer on Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and the Quake franchise: no big whoop.

Not only are Oculus stoked to grab the golden goose, but Carmack himself is thrilled.

“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!”

Get ready, kids. With Carmack at the helm, Oculus Rift’s about to go up to 11.

Stay tuned.

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