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Lex Fridman interviews John Carmack

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2022 16:56
by Benvolio
I'm listening my way through the five hour podcast where Lex Fridman interviews John Carmack. It can be heard on Spotify or, indeed, on Youtube.

I think you guys would enjoy... I'm over 2h in and enjoying every minute. It helps flesh out the timeless tales of the origins of id, Keen and beyond. And to give insight into so many aspects of life, past and present.

Re: Lex Fridman interviews John Carmack

Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2022 19:18
by Frenkel
I've read Romero's explanation on how the Keen engines work, but this is the first time I've seen Carmack explaining it.

Re: Lex Fridman interviews John Carmack

Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:33
by Benvolio
Around the 2h mark, Carmack essentially endorses modding and specifically says that Commander Keen level editors made him smile. Nice reflection overall on how he feels about his creations and how possessive he should be of his status as creator of material.

Interesting he contrasts Wolfenstein against Doom in terms of giving modders creative flexibility to achieve "masterpieces". He says there's not enough in the Wolfenstein engine to faclitate great creativity whereas Doom does give this opportunity. He says that there was a line between the two categories of game as far as being a vehicle for creative modification is concerned and that Doom was the first time id games crossed it. But no mention of Keen modding... :(

Re: Lex Fridman interviews John Carmack

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2022 19:11
by Lower IQ than 314
Benvolio wrote: Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:33 But no mention of Keen modding... :(
Can't say I blame him. Doom modding is vastly more prolific than Keen modding. They're still making indie games based on the original Doom's source ports to this day - games that people are willing to pay money for, no less. Can't say I've heard of any monetary games using the Keen Galaxy engine nowadays. Sorry to say this, but I think Keen is more likely to be remembered in the public eye for the Dopefish and the SGA than it is for its mods, which is unfortunate, because many of these mods vastly outshine the source material in terms of quality.