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Meet John Romero: One of the Godfathers of the First-Person Shooter

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Subscribe to Motherboard Radio today - http://apple.co/1DWdc9d Motherboard meets John Romero, one of the creators behind Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, and Quake, breakthrough games that all but created the first-person shooter genre. Watch Episode 1: Meet The Programmer Behind 'Centipede' - http://bit.ly/1BscC3q Read: 'Brutal Doom' Makes One of the Best Games Ever Made Even Better - http://bit.ly/1AwFdtI Subscribe to MOTHERBOARD: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-To-MOTHERBOARD Follow MOTHERBOARD Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/motherboardtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/motherboard Tumblr: http://motherboardtv.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/motherboardtv More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos
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Rafael Ramos (1 day ago)
Oh yeah! Doom is good game! *prepare the chaingun to kill cacodemons*
Joel González (2 days ago)
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best" Yeah, of course.
Chad Muskaa (10 days ago)
LEYKIS 101 !
JOEL BARRY COTTER (11 days ago)
I've played doom ever since i had a PC (using skulltag i believe or gzdoom since i remember being able to look up and down and having more options.) thanks for being a really good game :D
Steve Perry (12 days ago)
LEYKIS 101 !!!
T A C O D U D E (13 days ago)
I hope i can meet Romero one day
Nlobo1993 Lobo (13 days ago)
I need the giant marine head
jojolafrite90 (22 days ago)
The guy that committed Daikatana...
whatish thishshiz (25 days ago)
Hi, don't care about me, just curious. Wolfenstein as a doom map pack, Quake as a wolfenstein map pack, Quake as a doom map pack. Curious
Octoberisu (27 days ago)
Wait, John Romero has the same cacodemon plush as mine! :OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Mad Kangaroo (28 days ago)
He looks like Jesus
papa charlie (29 days ago)
GREATEST GUY ON EARTH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amir Iskandarani (30 days ago)
Just got done playing spear of destiny, sooooooooooo epic! thanks mr romero!
Seb Luca (30 days ago)
I totally agree with the conclusion :) http://www.mrthekiller.com
LordDonutz (1 month ago)
This is the only developer I have killed in a game. John Romero, fucking legend.
Matteo Boldizzoni (1 month ago)
Listen and learn!
Fabio Sarmento (1 month ago)
Imaqtpie father?
Yuri on Edge (1 month ago)
He made no money from Quake? What kind of BS is that? I don't believe it!
NotA BadThing (1 month ago)
Why did they put him in doom 2 easter egg?
Yuri on Edge (1 month ago)
Watch the video
burger killer90 (1 month ago)
Kids these days:doom sucks bad graphics old fortnite is better
John Galt (1 month ago)
Didn't Tom Hall quit id over "creative differences" after his Doom bible storyline being dropped? I'm just curious about why he's pictured with the John receiving an award around the 6 1/2 minute mark, or had he still contributed enough to be a part of it?
Shadow Assassin (1 month ago)
John Romero is not a game designer. He is a god
Arch Vile (1 month ago)
LMFAO! the 106 dislikes are probably modern people having no idea of this man and his group, having no idea of Doom and others. I really don't know how many total hours I've played Doom and there are way way too many maps and levels to do still. Thank you John Romero and company. I say easily one of the greatest ever games of all time. Who cares what's old, it is beyond gold. I'm Doomed for life, fuck yeah! XD
Golden Man (1 month ago)
Look at this dude rocking the hair, love this interview
Gerbityblah (1 month ago)
This man shall be put in the developer hall of fame, Along with Gabe Newell and Shigeru Miyamoto.
Ayman Maani (1 month ago)
Best video on YouTube
dudleydoodles (1 month ago)
Even if you didnt make alot ofm oney you left a legacy. You're an inspiration and people will remember you. And you inspired me to do what i do. Thanks John. *bro hug*
Nex Wex 2 (1 month ago)
His nails man..Wtf. Are you female or male, dude?
MeLikePumpkin (2 months ago)
I met him I got my doom case signed i tried to play with him and he won lol
SlCKB0Y (2 months ago)
for all the shit he got for daikatana, i'll say this guy seem like a very cool dude. he might have let the fame go over his head, and who can blame him, he's indeed a legend, but he came back to earth and tbh, i'd be very glad to play a new game from the carmack/mcgee/romero trio.
Helpertin (2 months ago)
I feel this man was unfairly maligned after Daikatana. That game might have flopped, but it's like because a single game was too ambitious for it's time... lets treat the man like a pariah, throw him from the industry and forget all about the wonderful successes. It's like... Hey michealangelo... you mighta painted that there sistine chapel up all nice... but i don't like this here painting you also worked on so therefore you're the worst artist out there, pack up your paints and hit the bricks. Imagine where we might be now...
Biblical Adrian (2 months ago)
What is he doing now?
Middlesbrough UTB (2 months ago)
Respect. I love doom I had it for ps1 back in the early nighties. All my friends use to come n watch us play on it everyone on the street loved it. Even my dad use to kick us off so he could play on it. Haha
Srijan Oli (2 months ago)
So he is basically a rockstar of computer games.
Kreedogger (2 months ago)
My father bought me wolfenstien in 92. Then I got a soundblaster card for my 11th birthday 3 years later. Changed my life. The guns sounded like guns. Haha. Great times.
Paul Merideth (2 months ago)
Dude the stuffed pain elemental dolls he has rule
Jeffrey Hearn (2 months ago)
So really I can credit this guy for my interest in shooters. Quake was my first online shooter I played under the moniker "llamaboy" because I basically would just hide and shoot. My mom came up with it because both she and my dad played it too and they thought it was annoying I played like that, haha.
Richard08 (2 months ago)
0:06 dat face
Pedro Mattos (2 months ago)
What a legend!
Dilshod Atabaev (2 months ago)
he is the legend one of the greatest alive !!
connor vaughn (2 months ago)
The final boss himself.
Baciul Alex (2 months ago)
he looks like a realy nice guy, and yet another example that you should not judge a man by its cover
Felipe (2 months ago)
I remember I had to use arj command on DOS to unpack and install DOOM on my Windows 3.11 OS.
Chronan the Barbarian (2 months ago)
John "The Cuck" Romero. Legendary server of glory holes, master of the bull prep.
Lets Gamer (2 months ago)
thank you my friend for many hours of fun you gave me
Nivec (2 months ago)
Which FPS is the father of them all?
chainsawplayin (2 months ago)
Beautiful story.
langbo9999 (2 months ago)
Hail to the game king.
Leonard Wong (2 months ago)
True Genius. He created the fps.
ch282 (2 months ago)
he is such a mega god for making those games
Sneaky (2 months ago)
Romero: "Hey, we just made a groundbreaking new game, so like, heres it for free. Buy it for like, an actual ending and better content." EA: "So uh We made a cookie cutter game, So heres it for 69.99, and uh, DLC wich costs 40.00 and adds nothing but one character."
JCORR76 (2 months ago)
This guy is a true genius of videogames
Aditya Gupta (2 months ago)
Really sad that there was no mention of Dangerous Dave - also developed by John Romero.
Kevin Staley (2 months ago)
His hair is majestic
Di4m Gaming (2 months ago)
And hes inside The Icon of Sin
Ken Masters (2 months ago)
No arcade releases?! We could've had a 1st-person arcade shooter trend rather than all of those optionless rail-shooters!
Wout Belt (2 months ago)
Vilmos Magyar (3 months ago)
I dislike john romero, he hasnt contributed pretty much anything of worth or value since the early 2000s but he loves going around talking to people.
Verbatim (2 months ago)
He's one of the main pioneers of the fps genre and has influenced so many games and their respective designs..he's earned his reputation.
00Mindi00 (3 months ago)
Alright John. It's time to cut that hair off mate.
Darren Godbold (3 months ago)
Yo Vice, remember Demon can be an offensive term. Refer to them as mortaly challenged.
Unhinged savagE (3 months ago)
kill dragon. with what? bare hand? haahhahahahahhha
hero night Beyond (3 months ago)
That was amazing story I ever heard and I believe you dreams take came true
Ak47 (3 months ago)
now mick gordon proves us wrong
Master Yi (3 months ago)
My Fav Doom, alongside with Halo.
Poison (3 months ago)
John Romero didn't make me his bitch
Benhappy 802 (3 months ago)
I met him in Dublin comic Con
H. H. (3 months ago)
Amazing! But how did he earn money while making games - He gave it away for free? I mean, even devs have to eat..
Reggie Mass (3 months ago)
That hair takes a lot of time out of his life.
THE BANDIT THE BANDIT (3 months ago)
Quake Wolfe stein and doom ? Genius.
Jerry Cerros (3 months ago)
This is the guy responsible for daikatana....... Romero is a failure!!!!!!
kuZya (3 months ago)
Dan G. Erboy (3 months ago)
<3 Thank you for DOOM
jesse Vortex Sungte (3 months ago)
We want John back and reunite as a team family to make more old school games.
BASSINVADER (3 months ago)
An absolute top generally nice humble guy. Had the pleasure to meet himself at Revival in Walsall, he really makes the effort to listen and make conversation with you. Really down to earth human being. Also HE IS SUCH A DUDE!!!!
Chorus, Isolate, Confirm (4 months ago)
1:18 holy shit it's Napoleon Dynamite
Joseph Wagner (4 months ago)
6:30 you know, I'm not being sarcastic when i say this, but this is my ideal development environment. It's totally real. No wonder they flourished.
Sea Pig (4 months ago)
I still play Doom (1993). I still play Doom II. I still play Quake. I still have a blast.
Bill D (4 months ago)
It's great how John Romero's head on a steak became so... Iconic :>
TheVoiceOfTruth (4 months ago)
John's right, who the fuck programmed and made all the arcade boxes and games XD
MK-TOOLS (4 months ago)
I am here just to say ... THANK YOU John Romero (end the Rest of id)
Archer_Trollfaceman (4 months ago)
Diogo grenha (4 months ago)
My respect for him DOOM best shooter ever and game
Angrius Windstorm (4 months ago)
He is a legend, creating one of the first FPS games out there (Wolfenstein) and then going from there with DooM and Quake.
Elliott Johnson (4 months ago)
DOOM Eternal baby! Can't wait!
derekisazombie39 (4 months ago)
Must have been a pretty personal split for him and Carmack. It’s too bad they aren’t involved with the new Doom and Quake. From what I’ve read, that might be for the best though.
80sruler (4 months ago)
The Doom series still my all time fave
Andrew Tolbert (4 months ago)
Dude is a cunt
d00mer 34 (4 months ago)
dont talk about your father like that!
OoeyGooeyGoodra (4 months ago)
This man will forever stay on the hallmark of gaming history!
D'sWorld (4 months ago)
T Kayra S7 Edge (4 months ago)
quake sucks. doom beats quake with 999.
Matt R (5 months ago)
I was born in 1987. I grew up playing DOOM. Always have been a huge fan to this day. When Romero describes himself as an artist it makes me mad. Long hair and fingernail paint self absorbed tool. Why can't he just say that he's a dude that had ideas that worked? I'm 31 and became a millionaire through understanding coding before I was 23. Do I call myself a coder? A computer scientist? No. I'm a dude that knew a trade and sold my know how to people that wanted to pay. I'm not special. I'm not a numbers artist. I don't take myself so seriously. It makes me angry when folks give themselves titles. We all eat, sleep, and shit. Never take yourself too seriously.
David Vannder (5 months ago)
I loved Doom. Games like this are rare these days. Since game design and production is about profit and sales now. And mostly they let the graphics do the work instead of making it something you can feel. Love John Romero's work.
Soviet Blackborg (5 months ago)
4:47 Where can I get that copy?
King Bat (5 months ago)
Nohomo but I want to run my fingers through his hair.
Cyber Demon (5 months ago)
Thanks for that game
белая лиса (5 months ago)
John romero, romero, john, george, romero, george romero, john , george. The Romero's rules, Romero synonymous of gore, i hope what my next life would be born as a Romerooo, i "shaaall" change my last name to ROMERO
Orbital Dew* (5 months ago)
1:57 yeah ... back then
Le Doggo (5 months ago)
one of the things that would make me happy in 2018 if the id team came back and made another doom game that looks like the original with all the pixels and stuff
doom was impressive for the day.
Josh Maine (5 months ago)
1:52 mark shows what appears to be that first interactive section of E1M1... where the green armor is atop the stairs.

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