To be more precise, today’s date (February 2nd, 2011) marks the 20th birthday of id Software, a company whose titles speak for themselves: Commander Keen, Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake were legendary series and it all started on a warm winter day in Shreveport, Louisiana – less than 200 miles from where id Software is located today (Dallas, Texas).
The company was founded by John Carmack, Adrian Carmack and John Romero. They were joined by Tom Hall from Softdisk, their first publisher. As John Romero remembers,
"Our first year at id was spent mostly developing games for Softdisk?s Gamer?s Edge subscription disk. In our first year, we created Shadow Knights, Dangerous Dave in the Haunted Mansion, Rescue Rover, Hovertank One, Rescue Rover II, Keen Dreams, Commander Keen: Secret of the Oracle, Commander Keen: The Armageddon Machine, Commander Keen: Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter!, Catacomb 3D and Tiles of the Dragon. Not counting the Keen games, Softdisk paid us $5,000 for each game."
This only speaks of incredible talent by the three co-founders – 11 games in one year is simply remarkable, and it gained them enough funds to start creating the title that will change the world of gaming forever. Of course, we’re talking about Wolfenstein 3D, game that created First Person Shooter genre.
Id Software went on to create the Doom franchise, followed by Quake. But more importantly, id Software launched engine licensing and created several dozen game development teams which gaming media started calling Dallas Game Mafia. Today, id Software is owned by ZeniMax Media, the same company that owns Bethesda Softworks.
From all the team members here at Bright Side of News*, we wish id Software all the best and may they create many more titles for tens of millions of gamers worldwide.