John Carmack, lead programmer of Doom and co-founder of developer id Software, is a straight forward man when it comes to opinions. During QuakeCon last week, Carmack had a few things to mention about Apple's drive in gaming:
"The truth is Steve Jobs doesn't care about games. This is going to be one of those things that I say something in an interview and it gets fed back to him and I'm on his $***head list for a while on that, until he needs me to do something else there. But I think that that's my general opinion. He's not a gamer."
Yes, Mr. Carmack did go there. Even though Jobs introduced the new app store for the iPhone and iPod Touch that features over hundreds of games, Carmack still believes that Jobs doesn't "deeply get" gaming, according to his interview with EuroGamer.
"It's difficult to ask somebody to get behind something they don't really believe in. I mean obviously he believes in the music and the iTunes and that whole side of things, and the media side of things, and he gets it and he pushes it and they do wonderful things with that, but he's not a gamer. That's just the bottom line about it."
However, even though Carmack resents the Apple CEO's support for video games, it doesn't mean that he abhors their products. "I think the iPhone is a potentially extremely important platform for a lot of reasons," said Carmack in putting Apple's product up against handhelds such as the PSP. think it's a great platform for content and new talent on there," he said. Currently, id Software is developing two games for Apple's touchscreen device.
Eurogamer: "Steve Jobs doesn't care about games"