"'We've built an entire world. It's not like Quake — four episodes of unrelated crap — we've built a planet and a race of aliens. We have areas in the game that people can identify with — bunkers, hangars, warehouses, power stations and stuff. And then we've established missions and goals for each area. We wanted people to believe they were in a real place.' This is Tim Willits talking. He's lead level designer on Quake II."
"The toughest thing about John Carmack is picking which career highlight to call out — creating the 3D game genre, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake — any of these would suffice. A self-described 'technology idealist,' it's hard to engage him in conversation until you hit a hot spot — OpenGL versus D3D, for example. Through the success of the Quake licensing initiative, his work is actually more important to the industry now, with legions of 'next Carmacks' trying to equal his impact."
"While he's parted ways with Microsoft, Alex St. John still defends DirectX. He traveled to the Lone Star state to talk about APIs, software patents, 3D hardware, the best talents in the game industry, the volatility of plan files, politics, ethics, and the future of SGI's OpenGL with John Carmack and id's outspoken new programmer Brian Hook..."