John Romero recalls the time Sierra almost bought id Software: ‘I was dumbfounded’

They say hindsight is 20/20, but I’d like to think if I were a successful videogame executive in the early ’90s, I would have been pretty jazzed to see an early build of id Software’s Wolfenstein 3D. According to John Romero, the revolutionary first-person shooter didn’t set off any sparks for Sierra On-line co-founder Ken Williams in a meeting that nearly ended with Sierra buying id.

Romero recounted the meeting in a GDC 2022 talk held today (as told by IGN). Id had scored a meeting with Sierra after sending Ken and Roberta Williams one of id’s Commander Keen games. The pair was so keen on Keen that Romero, along with id co-founder John Carmack, met with Ken Williams at Sierra’s fancy northern California offices to discuss a potential acquisition.

Source link