Doom creator John Carmack has been one of the core pillars of the game development community and whose influence created an entire sub-sect of the industry. Last year he jumped ship from ID software to work with VR firm Oculus. The Rift VR glasses has received a ton of support from studios looking to port their games over to the platform. Facebook acquired Oculus in March and now Carmack is doing something new, a comic book store.
John Carmack has admitted that he is creating a VR based comic book store, which will be using the Marvel API. The Marvel Comics API is a set of web services that gives developers access to Marvel’s rich repository of data about over 30,000 comics and 7,000 series. The API lets provides information from Marvel’s 75-year publishing history, including cover art, characters and comic book crossover events. You can think of Carmacks initiative to a new form of 3D Comic with full VR support with the Oculus Rift.
Mark Zuckerberg mentioned in his acquisition statement that “Oculus’s mission is to enable you to experience the impossible. Their technology opens up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences.” Certainly a VR based comic borderlines the absurd, but could it work?
If anything if Carmack can get a few polished products off the ground in the next few months he could be the first high profile fellow to use the API for something big. This will provide Marvel with a poster child to show what their system is capable of and Oculus will get some mainstream news coverage. I doubt this is anything but a PR stunt.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.