The Game Developer Choice Awards have picked coding guru, John Carmack, as this year’s recipient of their Lifetime Achievement award according to the newshounds at Blue’s News. With it, he joins other names such as Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid, Policenauts), Wil Wright (SimCity, The Sims, Spore), and Shigeru Miyamoto (Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda) who have also won the annual award.
If you’re not sure who he is, Carmack is the co-founder and technical director of id Software, the developer that many credit with single-handedly starting up the FPS revolution in the early nineties. The 3D engines that he developed for Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake along with his continual improvements have made an undeniable impact on the modern FPS. I can’t even begin to count the hours spent in Quake II’s multiplayer, or modding maps for Wolf 3D.
He also launches rockets in his spare time through the aerospace company he founded, Armadillo Aerospace.
It’s been a long time in coming, but as a programming pioneer whose contributions have helped shaped how we play, it goes without saying that it’s also as well deserved.