On The DOOM III Leak

A post by id Software's John Carmack to a thread called Doom 3 Alpha Leaked on Slashdot has confirmation of the fact that an early build of DOOM III has been leaked. Here's the post, which vaguely hints at the source of the release:
No, this was not leaked on purpose.

Yes, we are upset about it, and it will have some impact on how we deal with some companies in the future, but nothing drastic is going to change in terms of what support is going to be available.

Making any judgements from a snapshot intended for a non-interactive demo is ill advised.

John Carmack
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Ok, my first post...
Anyway, I am gonna say right now that I have a leaked copy. In fact. I heard about it pretty much the moment it came out (I was on IRC at the time) and I rushed to download it (from IRC; don't e-mail for details).

Now, I love what I see from Doom 3. I had some doubts about the graphics, about them being inaccurate, however I have played the game and I have seen the graphics. They are simply unbelievable, I will say that.

I object to what some people are saying. The people saying that it is because of people like me that games are rushed. On the contrary, I found leaked games (such as Quake 3) to come out extremely polished. Tribes 2 was leaked only at beta, however even then it didn't work unless you had an account. Tribes 2 was the victim of poor support from a poor publisher.

I think leaking early versions of games is damaging; I am NOT saying it is right, by any means. BUT there is also a flipside. It creates more publicity, it allows developers such as id to see get feedback. No doubt many people who have the leak have in fact sent their thoughts to id and no doubt it will make it a better game, which is something to benefit us all. Personally, even before the alpha I knew that I was gonna grab Doom 3 (for XBOX), however seeing the alpha has only made me want it more and it has only made me tell my friends how good it is.

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