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Monday, April 30, 2001
Interview With An id Programmer
9:49 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

The boys at Quakeidge have recently posted the results of a interview with Jim Dosé, one of the programmers at Id Software and responsible for games like Quake III.

While the interview doesn't really reveal all that much about Id's plans, present or future, it does present a humorous look into the life of a game programmer in general. Here's a clip:

[QG]: Briefly explain, if you would, a normal day at id Software?  Is there a series of tasks you go through (ex: grab the coffee, etc) before starting programming?

[JB]: First, I go to sleep.  After I wake up, for the first 3 hours or so I listen to the owners tell me how worthless I am and ask “When are you going to quit?”.  Then lunch.  Then I usually have to wash everyone’s cars (while they drive).  Then Ken and Seneca play “I’ve got your nose” with me (I used to like it as a kid, but now I think the knives kind of hurt).  Answer email (if I get any).  Clean the toilets with my toothbrush.  Then dinner.  Brush my teeth.  Then I work on the game code for about 10 hours.  Repeat.

The rest of the interview runs in a similar vein. Dosé talks about everything from what kind of computer he uses at work (dual 8 MHz 286) to how much easier the GeForce 3 makes modeling (just write a text file containing what you want and the GeForce 3 does the rest).

For more of the above, be sure to check out the full interview.

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Quakeidge - Jim Dosé Interview

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