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El33t’s Question of the Day: Is id Software still relevant in the gaming landscape?

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El33tonline Question of the Day

There once was a time when Mesquite, Texas-based game developer id Software was a powerhouse of the videogame industry. A company of less than twelve people seemingly overnight became the rockstars of the industry, praised not only for the games they created, but the technology behind the team’s titles, too.

But that was a long time ago. Here at the end of 2012, id Software has been struggling to maintain its position as industry leader, and even an innovator in the genre it popularised in the first place, namely, first-person shooters. In this Question of the Day, Graeme Norval would like to ask:

Is id Software still relevant in the gaming landscape?

Commander Keen. Wolfenstein. DOOM. Quake. All of these games hold a very special place in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world, and each of them contained technology that has been licensed to (and copied by) dozens of other game developers to help create their own titles.

At one time, John Carmack and John Romero together formed an unbeatable duo and ruled the game industry for years, and even with Romero’s departure from id Software, Carmack continued to lead the videogame graphics race as hardware manufacturers clung onto his every word to help shape the future of the industry.

That place has since been given up to Tim Sweeney at Epic Games and other tech wizards, while id Sofware’s acquisition by Zenimax (… OK, Bethesda) put an end to the company’s engine licensing business. Meanwhile, although id Software’s latest games have been well received, they have in no way attained lofty positions in the minds of the gaming populace.

Is this the end for id Software? Is the studio anywhere as relevant as it was 15 years ago at the height of its power? Can John Carmack and the now burgeoning team rise to prominence again with the next DOOM and sequels to RAGE and Quake?

What do you hope to see from id Software, or is the company past its prime?

This question was submitted by Graeme Norval – thanks Graeme!

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