Carmack at GDC Follow-up

To follow-up on the discrepancy between the two accounts of John Carmack's address at the GDC yesterday, a reader named Rene Patnode who attended the talk offers his perspective saying the HomeLAN Fed account is the more accurate of the two: "I can tell you that HomeLan Fed is a LOT closer to the truth. He mentioned Quake II as a former possible idea, but it was only that. What he did say was that the likely next id game will be a slight variation of Doom 3.... I personally would expect a mission pack or something on the order of Team Arena. Pretty close is also better than really close." Likewise, GameSpy's Carmack Address Recap likewise confirms that it was Computer and Video Games that came away with the wrong take on the facts here:
One interesting idea that Carmack said was discussed early on in DOOM 3's development was a product specifically meant to be a rendering showcase. In this case, the idea was to do a "Quake 2 remix" - to rebuild the game using all-new assets and technology. "But even the idea of just reskinning an old game brings with it the problems that as we have newer graphics technology, media creation demands get worse and worse..."
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Yeah I'm gonna crap my pants the first time I play Doom3, why you ask? Cause my 3 gig processor with 2 gigs of ram and 1/4th a gig of ram video card will only play the game at 600x480 getting 30fps, and me having a shit fit cause of the res and framerate.

And I have been saying it for years, id doesn't make games anymore they make engines, and for those engines they make a tech demo. Companies like Raven take that Engine and turn a piece of coal into a Diamond.

As for Engines I think there is plenty of room for both Quake3/Doom3 Engine and the Unreal Engine. I mean look at what all Raven has done with Quake3, and what Ubisoft/Redstorm Entertainment has done with Unreal.

And the last time 4 times I crapped my pants playing games was Aliens Vs Predator 2 (scared the crap right out), and Seeing Splinter Cell for the first time, and City of Hero's for finally getting the tech right to have huge outdoor areas and 50+ NPC's/PC's on the screen and my computer didn't stutter and for Far Cry's wonderful first demo with all the reflective water stuff turned on. Not only did I crap my pants but almost blew a load on it

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