Everyone has heard of the Emmys, but few are aware that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences also awards achievements in technology and engineering. These awards are handed out at the annual CES – taking place this week – and 2007 turns out to be a landmark year for id Software and co-founder John Carmack, who won a couple Emmys.
This is the first time in history that an independent game developer received an Emmy, as Carmack was recognized for his contributions to rendering technology for Doom and also for rendering breakthroughs with Quake technology. Every gamer has heard of both franchises, and each pioneered the FPS genre, so we whole-heartedly agree with the awards.
"This is an incredible honor for John Carmack and id Software," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software. "We consistently push the limits of gaming technology, and it's great to be recognized for the passion and dedication we put into our games."
Clearly, things are ever-changing in the videogame world, and the more recognition the industry receives, the more mainstream it becomes. id and Carmack are only the first; perhaps in the future, when more game developers score Emmys and other accolades, video games might finally be taken seriously by non-gamers.