Quake II Magazine Archive: November 1997

"'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."

Quake II Magazine Archive: 1992 – 1994

"Edge: Where did the idea for Wolfenstein 3D and Doom originally come from? John Carmack: They were both examples of gameplay looking for a game. We designed the user interaction and display technology to be as cool as possible, then worked a game around it. Wolfenstein was a homage to an old favourite, but Doom is just a killer environment with no pretensions of having a real story."

Quake II Magazine Archive: id Software ⁠— Quake 4

"If I concentrate really hard, then at the back of my peripheral vision I can just about make out the swish of a ponytail as Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software, shakes his head in dismay. 'No, your other right. Over there. The red armour,' he sighs, as I nervously jab the WASD of Quake 4 deathmatch, walking into walls, falling off ledges, and getting hurled into walls through faulty jump-pad use. I've been marked out as a player of remedial standards and Hollenshead is doing his utmost to make me less of a loser. It's horrible, and hard as I push myself I just can't concentrate. It's truly the stuff of nightmares. I'm playing Quake in front of the men from id ⁠— and the men from id think that I'm a noob. Freud would have a field day."

America’s Elite: The leader, John Carmack — January 1998

"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."