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John Carmack Interview

The father of FPS on GamesRadar is a short Q&A with John Carmack, talking with the id Software Technical Director about Quake Live and the state of gaming. One question asks about PCs versus consoles, and he expresses mixed feelings about the whole platform balance of power: "There are definitely days when I wish we could just focus on the PC, and do bleeding edge stuff on there. There are interesting technical things, looking across the spectrum of graphics cards, looking at the very latest stuff on there, but there are also times when I say, “Wow, the 360 is a nicer place to develop games.” You bypass a lot of the issues there. Wouldn’t it be nice just to develop strictly for that platform. As far as future research, there’s interesting things where—as we look toward the next generation of console development—most of these technical trends will be preceded by earlier versions of them on the PC. And we’re certainly looking at CUDA programming, Larrabee prototyping, as AMD looks toward Fusion, those are all things where we use the PC as an early sounding-ground for what the more dominant (sales-wise) consoles are going to eventually wind up being."

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4. Re: John Carmack Interview Nov 25, 2008, 12:19 Rilcon
 
I detest how consoles are taking so much focus, but at least he's honest about what they're doing and why.  
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