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Carmack going mobile with Doom RPG

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On his blog, the id cofounder and programming guru reveals he is working on a turn-based role-player with Jamdat.

Following the release of Doom 3, many speculated what project its creator John Carmack would take on next. However, few would have guessed that project would be...a mobile phone game? As unlikely as that may sound, apparently a mobile game is what the cash-flush cofounder of id Software and the would-be astronaut is currently working on.

In his latest blog entry, Carmack talks about how a chance occurrence caused him to become interested in making mobile games. "A little while ago I misplaced the old phone I usually take to [Carmack's rocket company] Armadillo [Aerospace], and my wife picked up a more modern one for me. It had a nice color screen and a bunch of bad java game demos on it. The bad java games did it... So, for the past month or so I have been spending about a day a week on cell phone development."

After explaining his motivation, Carmack then outlined the mobile platform's limitations. "You aren't going to be able to make an immersive experience on a 2-inch screen, no matter what the graphics look like," he said "Moody and atmospheric are pretty much out. Stylish and fun is about the best you can do."

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