John Carmack, whose "Doom" and "Quake" helped revolutionize the video game industry, is looking to lead another upheaval with a technology once dismissed as a pipe dream.
Carmack, the co-founder of id Software, has been named chief technical officer at Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
Many have lauded the device as the next big thing in gaming, and the announcement is a coup for Oculus, which has been gaining momentum for a year now. Carmack is largely viewed as one of the industry's most talented programmers.
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His early work on games like "Doom" is largely credited for creating the first-person shooter genre, which has gone on to become one of the most lucrative areas in the industry.