John Carmack: Steve Jobs hates games

Written by Joe Martin

August 5, 2008 | 10:55

Tags: #carmack #iphone #jobs

Companies: #apple #id-software

John Carmack, lord of the geeks and Technical Director at id Software, has spoken out against Apple's policy when it comes to gaming over the years in a recent interview. Carmack reckons that the reason Apple hasn't strayed much into the games market is primarily because of company CEO, Steve Jobs.

"The truth is Steve Jobs doesn't care about games. This is going to be one of those things that I say something in an interview and it gets fed back to him and I'm on his s***head list for a while on that, until he needs me to do something else there. But I think that that's my general opinion. He's not a gamer," Carmack explained in an interview with Eurogamer.

"It's difficult to ask somebody to get behind something they don't really believe in. I mean obviously he believes in the music and the iTunes and that whole side of things, and the media side of things, and he gets it and he pushes it and they do wonderful things with that, but he's not a gamer. That's just the bottom line about it."

Carmack also openly questioned whether it was worth adding support for Mac OS X systems in games now that Mac users can just use Boot Camp to run a Windows OS - though they will be doing it with Rage anyway. Carmack then went on to discuss the iPhone.

"I think the iPhone is a potentially extremely important platform for a lot of reasons, and I think it could be the type of thing that really makes inroads into...does it kill the PSP. There are structural reasons why it's not going to kill the DS in there, but it certainly should be in there in the running there as a device that you can get modern, quality games for something, and I think it's a great platform for content and new talent on there," he explained.

Carmack reckons a two-man team could easily make a couple of million dollars if they had a bit of good luck. We'd be happy to team up with you if you want to give it a go - let us know in the forums.
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