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Edited by onkel

It's cool for someone to do something great like this and then say that he can't wait for the real change to come through other people messing with his stuff on their own.

Posted by d0m3l

watching Carmack's keynote at last QuakeCon made me come back to this video :)

still awesome ;)

Posted by SnakeEyes327

@gaminginpublic said:

Brad said exactly what I was thinking... This would work on a flight simulator, driving simulator, etc.. But, in a FPS game you can't be moving the camera by your thumbstick and by the tracker IR at the same time.. It just wont work. Anyone who used this would get the least kills on the server.

Well you wouldn't use it for competitive gaming. But for a single player game, you aren't going to get any closer to wearing a visor like Samus or Master Chief, and for single player, this could be a great tool for immersion.

Posted by Nilhelm

This thing would be great for games that is all about atmosFEAR.

Something like Amnesia or Condemned

Posted by Jonnyflash80

That was by far the most interesting interview I've seen from E3. John Carmack is brilliant.

Posted by Dooftastic

The background music in this video is too loud and too obnoxious.

Posted by Zawa

Carmack is a true wizard.

Posted by RichmanUK

Oh man, what an amazing guy; it's so satisfying listening to a really erudite guy like that talk about things he's obviously passionate about.

Posted by GERALTITUDE

Hilarious. How amazing would it be to just open any random machine and just go "Oh that's how it works".

Posted by gaminginpublic

Brad said exactly what I was thinking... This would work on a flight simulator, driving simulator, etc.. But, in a FPS game you can't be moving the camera by your thumbstick and by the tracker IR at the same time.. It just wont work. Anyone who used this would get the least kills on the server.

Posted by gaminginpublic

Oh my science! Hah, I bet Brad is like, "wtf is he saying?"

Posted by ZeekDaGeek

Music reminds me of Futurama.

Posted by LobsterCrunk

I'm not sure if I understood half of what Cormack had to say, but I still love hearing him in interviews like this because intellect like that is just impressive to watch.

This is also really cool to see more early fragments of virtual reality

Posted by Baal_Sagoth

Maybe the most impressive thing about this is how comparatively easy it is to follow given the complexity of the subject and my utter lack of experience with the technological background. Such eloquence and talent to explain a large context reasonably simple is very rare. Excellent stuff.

Posted by buckybit
20 milliseconds = magic.

The most exciting thing about John Carmack interviews or keynotes IMHO is, he talks to you in a way you can understand. It's like your high school teacher, reminding you of things, you have learned in the past, but chose to forget. And then, there is his pure hacker soul - being the real MacGyver - listening to him, makes people excited about learning about math, physics, code and tech...

Posted by DrWhat

Yeah!

Posted by emilknievel

Brain candy! :)

But seriously, please get rid of the background music.

Posted by SketchyBrown

I'd never heard Carmack speak before. Once I got past the... unique tone of his voice I was entranced. WHO WAVED THEIR HAND?! WHY DID YOU STOP HIM?!

Posted by demontrace

John Carmack is a genius and I like the way he is getting these industries to work together, and in the end we will have some awesome product that he is going to make more affordable, and better than it ever was before. The man has been a definite contribution to the gaming world, and I'm sure with what he is working with here, it could be a major contribution to other fields.

I would love to listen to the man speak about these things goals/goggles more, or somehow help him accomplish them. I'm sure working with him is a highly rewarding experience, because he certainly has the brain power and vision to make them happen. You just have to be willing to listen to him talk for awhile and understanding of what he is saying I'm guessing. :)

Posted by JackColt

God Mode on.

Obviously John has watched Breaking Brad.

Posted by Valkyr

The greatest nerd ever, some day we'll tell our children that we walked the same earth of John Carmack

Posted by Pibo47

Easily one of the most interesting people i have ever heard speak. Very intelligent.

Posted by Darkstar614

It really is crazy how his mind works where he is already thinking about the next question you're going to ask as he's answering one and then just keeps rolling with all kinds of super insightful information.

Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam

Let's hope that Carmack sets his mind to world hunger next.

Posted by adam1808

Carmack is strangely calming. I love that someone in this world is thinking at a level beyond everyone else about how to make an FPS better.

Edited by TheHT

I want Carmack to take Shoemaker on as his pupil.

Also, I seriously CANNOT get enough of that fake Futurama theme.

Posted by Helios1337

Wow, Carmack knows his stuff. Also, who dares tell Carmack to hurry it along at around 15 minutes in?

Posted by HadesTimes

Awesome interview....

Posted by HerbieBug

@LordLOC said:

@Paul_Tillich said:

How old is Carmack? Boy genius?

He's gotta be in his 40's by now.

He's 41.

Edited by HerbieBug

I love that he took into account neck and head movement in order to give the viewing angles a more realistic feel.

Also, I'm pretty sure Brad only asked the one question at the start and John just took off for the full 17 minutes. edit--- Brad asked 3 questions total. haha.

Posted by thiefen

I could listen to John Carmack for days.

Posted by DJJoeJoe

Put a little bit of Carmack on there.

Posted by Steparnicus

Dat Face.

Classic.

Posted by LarsHJ

Truly an inspiration to witness carmack and the passion he has.

Would love to see a version of this unrestrained by time where Carmack would just get to go all out with everything he had to say because it seemed like he could go on for even longer.

Posted by golddeathmonkey

That music is WAAAAY too loud, can barely hear what's being said!

Posted by Gre

The best part of this is the way Brad says "right, yeah", while Carmack casually throws out all the latency figures as if that stuff was common knowledge.

Posted by HBK619

FUCK MILLISECONDS! Always up in your grill ruining shit!

Posted by Tsuchikage

Did you ever have a moment where you walk into a room full of people and realize that you're the smartest person in that room? Yeah, Mr. Carmack has that experience every single time he walks into a room.

Posted by nasseh

That man is inspiring.

Posted by DeadDorf

Why is the focus on the background instead of Carmack?

Posted by Thiago123

John Carmack's soundtrack is Futurama

Posted by Suoritus

Awesome interview, thanks a lot!

Posted by dr_mantas

Carmack is one of those people I could listen to all day, no matter what they talked about :)

Posted by Bourbon_Warrior

do we really need futurama music over this

Posted by RagingLion

@demonbear said:

I love how he, very sincerely think he can educate different manufacturers to make this thing happen

That stood out to me too. A frustration that he has with things moving so slowly because people aren't as clever or unbound to think about problems like him so he feels like he has to single-handedly step in to hurry everything up. Must be interesting to have his perspective on life.

Posted by LordLOC

@Paul_Tillich said:

How old is Carmack? Boy genius?

He's gotta be in his 40's by now.

Posted by TruthTellah

@nrh79 said:

@Grimluck343 said:

What an amazing interview. Mr. Carmack is a true legend in the industry, glad to see him work on so many cool projects.

It wasn't really an interview TBH, and I'm OK with that. Man, can he talk!

To be fair, the whole point of an interview is to get answers from someone, and, hey, Carmack just so happens to give up all the answers to all the questions you might have asked without you ever asking them. That's just an interview with a fantastic guest. ;)

Posted by smiddy

Utterly fascinating. A genius of a man. I love how Brad just sits there and lets him speak, but of course, who could blame him. When John Carmack speaks, you listen.

Posted by leedoo

Whats the deal with the super loud music on top of these interviews? Is it from the show floor or added after? Seems like the volume could be lowered...

Posted by dead_eye_sam

Good thing I'm a biologist otherwise I would not have been able to follow what he was saying about eye perception. That guy blew my mind by how smart he is and well versed at programming and perceptual biology/psychology.