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Exploring Virtual Reality in Doom 3 BFG

Exploring Virtual Reality in Doom 3 BFG

I really wasn't sure what to expect when I entered John Carmack's virtual reality demo suite this weekend at QuakeCon. I had missed his VR presentation at E3, so in my head, the only experience I could pull from was in my teenage days, strapping on a huge heavy headset and shooting at wire-frame monsters and vehicles.

I had heard Carmack's keynote where he talked about his attempts with VR and I had watched Palmer Luckey's Oculus Rift Kickstarter blow through its goal. But, neither prepared me for what I saw on the table next to the computer running Doom 3 BFG. Held together with hot glue and duct tape was a device with numerous thick wires running from it, reminding me of high school science project. It was indeed a lot smaller, and it was a Carmack science project, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't skeptical about what I was about to see.

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Get into Carmack's brain: Watch the full keynote from QuakeCon 2012

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Get into Carmack's brain: Watch the full keynote from QuakeCon 2012

John Carmack's extensive keynote topics ranged from programming to graphics to his thoughts on Windows 8. He apologized for Rage on PC and talked about the end of id's mobile gaming initiative. He even talked in-depth about his current project of virtual reality. But in the end, there was too much information to report it all, But now you can watch it.

Watch: 3.5 hours inside Carmack's brain »

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