20 Total Quotes

John Carmack Quotes

Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren't sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.
John Carmack
#American Scientist #Eyes

Its gotten a little slower this last year since I got a little baby. I lost my Sundays.
John Carmack
#Babies

It's nice to have a game that sells a million copies.
John Carmack
#American Scientist

Story in a game is like a story in a porn movie. It's expected to be there, but it's not that important.
John Carmack
#American Scientist

The speed of light sucks.
John Carmack
#American Scientist

The Xbox 360 is the first console that I've ever worked with that actually has development tools that are better for games than what we've had on PC.
John Carmack
#American Scientist

Programming is not a zero-sum game. Teaching something to a fellow programmer doesn't take it away from you. I'm happy to share what I can, because I'm in it for the love of programming.
John Carmack
#American Scientist

Focus is a matter of deciding what things you're not going to do.
John Carmack
#American Scientist #Focus

Low-level programming is good for the programmer's soul.
John Carmack
#American Scientist

Rocket science has been mythologized all out of proportion to its true difficulty.
John Carmack
#American Scientist

We are working internally on a completely new project, but we haven't made any firm plans yet for the future of the Wolf, Doom and Quake franchises. I would enjoy doing a DS or PSP game, but at this point I can't imagine having the time to be seriously involved in it.
John Carmack
#Future

Note to self: Pasty-skinned programmers ought not stand in the Mojave desert for multiple hours.
John Carmack
#Self

I'd rather have a search engine or a compiler on a deserted island than a game.
John Carmack
#American Scientist

Everybody's saturated with the marketing hype of next-generation consoles. They are wonderful, but the truth is that they are as powerful as a high end PC is right now.
John Carmack
#American Scientist

Because of the nature of Moore's law, anything that an extremely clever graphics programmer can do at one point can be replicated by a merely competent programmer some number of years later.
John Carmack
#American Scientist

At its best, entertainment is going to be a subjective thing that can't win for everyone, while at worst, a particular game just becomes a random symbol for petty tribal behavior.
John Carmack
#American Scientist #Entertainment

The cost of adding a feature isn't just the time it takes to code it. The cost also includes the addition of an obstacle to future expansion. The trick is to pick the features that don't fight each other.
John Carmack
#American Scientist