John Carmack talks about Keen, Doom, Quake, and more

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There is an incredible John Carmack interview on YouTube that weighs in at an impressive five hours and fifteen minutes. But it’s totally worth it. And because it’s been nicely sliced into chapters, you can dive into the topics you care about most. I listened to the whole thing.

0:00 – Introduction
1:57 – Programming languages
33:01 – Modern programming
43:03 – Day in the life
50:53 – Hard work
54:06 – Pizza and Diet Coke
56:50 – Setup
1:22:08 – id Software
1:54:58 – Commander Keen
2:01:44 – Hacker ethic
2:09:24 – Wolfenstein 3D
2:29:21 – Doom
2:43:42 – Quake
3:08:02 – John Romero
3:15:49 – Metaverse
3:44:11 – Elon Musk
3:50:06 – Mars
3:59:09 – Nuclear energy
4:02:47 – AGI
4:49:59 – Andrej Karpathy
4:52:57 – Martial arts
5:01:57 – Advice for young people
5:10:57 – Meaning of life

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