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John Carmack hates Vista, maybe you should too

11:51 AM on 01.12.2007 // Earnest Cavalli

John Carmack is a great many things. He's an idol to programmers, a model of the American dream and a giant lizard. Wait, no, scratch that last one. John Carmack is not a giant lizard.

Gamesindustry.biz posted a few choice words Carmack had recently on Microsoft's new OS, Vista, and none of them are flattering. You'd think that some of the "the's" and "is's" would be, but you would be wrong. All of Carmack's articles are filled with pure derision.

Hit the jump for the finest in choice quotes. 

"Nothing is going to help a new game by going to a new operating system. There were some clear wins going from Windows 95 to Windows XP for games, but there really aren't any for Vista,"

"They're artificially doing that by tying DX10 [DirectX 10] so close it, which is really nothing about the OS. It's a hardware-interface spec. It's an artificial thing that they're doing there.

"They're really grasping at straws for reasons to upgrade the operating system. I suspect I could run XP for a great many more years without having a problem with it."


He makes excellent points there, and if anyone in the world would know about this sort of thing it would be John Carmack. If the amount of times he's created revolutionary bits of code in his game development business were somehow magically transformed into beautiful women, well ... he would have slept with a FUCKTON of beautiful women.  You can't argue with that kind of experience.


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