Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Software Patents & Doom 3

As every self-respecting geek knows, Software Patents are the work of the devil.

If you had any doubt, check out the latest on Creative Labs strong-arming id software into including their EAX technology (which Carmack has been somewhat negative about) into the Doom 3 engine.

It hardly seems fair that someone can sit down all alone and come up with an improvement to a 25-year old shadowing algorithm but then get screwed by someone else who came up with the same improvement at roughly the same time, but patented the algorithm even though they had no intention of using the algorithm for anything. Especially when Carmack has been so open with everything that he has been doing related to stencil shadows and the 'Carmack Reverse'.

People suck.

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