Gordon Freeman was an 'ordinary joe' compared to his fellows. In a lab where everyone is a rocket scientist, the person with the mere Bachelors degree in metallurgy is an 'ordinary joe'.
This thread has diverged into a 'D3 sucks' thread it seems. Kinda sad. I do not believe Doom 3 sucked... I just think it was a reworking of a genre that has been worked enough. But... the same is true of World of Warcraft. WoW brought nothing really new to the table of MMOs... Blizzard just made the most polished MMO yet. Polish counts... and D3 was very polished. It could get repetetive, but not for too long. The levels were moderately varied in looks, if not playstyle, and it had a plot that moved forward. Doom 3's only major failing was that the gameplay was not as varied as most other more modern titles. But the gameplay they did deliver was extremely well done, and ran surprisingly well on existing computers. Should the one failing of relatively limited variation condemn everyone to calling it a horrible game? I disagree.
But regardless of how good D3 is or is not, I think that this news of A Carmack being fired far more interesting and RELEVANT. The fact that he has acquired 41% of the company shows that he has deliberately chosen to invest in the company over the years... had had to have paid others for their shares when they left, or paid a larger amount than others wanted to. He put his money into the company, and now he's being kicked out, and forced to sell his shares short? That seems highly unfair to me, and I see nothing wrong with him taking this to court as a matter of principle, not just greed.
Dreaming Demon, formerly Tikatt, formerly The Raven