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Comment: Before Carmack (Score 1) 225

by bobvious (#45674493) Attached to: Doom Is Twenty Years Old
I don't know what Carmack did in the business world, but he was little more than a teenager when he created the first 1st person, 3D shooter (Wolfenstein ). That was freakin fantastic at the time. Everything before that, that I remember, was 2D scrollers of one sort or another (Dragon's Lair was phony 3D). Not only did he pull that off first, he did it with a 286 computer. That's scarey impressive. That's what's so excellent about him. He followed that up with Doom (I'm skipping Spear of Destiny since it was pretty much like Wolfenstein). Each game had a generous trial version. Later Carmack made the 3D engine public, with tools for people to create their own levels. I suppose most people know that, but I don't know if most here were around and playing games when it happened. He set a fantastic precedent, and I respect the guy for a massive brain and the willingness to try to get the genre going full speed.

Comment: When satanists found their own country, (Score 1) 1251

Satanists didn't found the country, nor a bunch of atheists, nor a bunch of gays. It was founded by a bunch of Christians almost exclusively, and it was founded primarily with respect to Christian values. When other groups found their own country, let them put up their set of values.

Comment: Is it just my paranoia (Score 1) 232

by bobvious (#45147541) Attached to: ITER Fusion Reactor On Track To Generating Power By 2028
that the only fusion projects that allow billions of dollars pumped into them are projects that under no circumstances will scale down to sizes that don't require many millions to build, and thus will always be controlled by big corporations? If the billions that were spent on the Tokamak and eventually the laser thing were spent on the other approaches, they might actually work, and might be scaled down to interesting sizes.

... when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. -- Fred Brooks