John Carmack

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
John Carmack

Name: John Carmack

Born: August 20, 1970, in Roeland Park, Kansas USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American game programmer, Founder, and technical director of Id Software best known for his innovations in 3D graphics.
  • Carmack was the lead programmer of the id computer games Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Rage, and their sequels.

Honors and awards

  • Game Developers Conference Lifetime Achievement award (2010).
  • Awarded 2 Emmy Awards (2007).
  • Named among the 50 most influential people in technology by Time Magazine (1999).


"Everybody's saturated with the marketing hype of next-generation consoles. They are wonderful, but the truth is that they are as powerful as a high end PC is right now."

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