“Thank you for this honour, but I’m just getting started”John Carmack marked BAFTA’s tribute to his past with a speech about the future – watch it hereMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 12th April 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleBAFTAJohn Carmack received a BAFTA Fellowship at the British Academy Games Awards last week, and in doing so joined a select group of industry luminaries that includes Will Wright, Shigeru Miyamoto and Gabe Newell.In his speech, the venerable co-founder of id Software addressed the false perception that he experienced a “golden age” of game engineering, when a programmer could build an engine from scratch and create an entire genre. According to Carmack, who is now working on the frontier of VR at Oculus, the more things change, the more they stay the same.”I can remember when I was a teenager, and I was convinced that I’d missed the golden age of Apple II gaming, that I would never get to be Richard Garriott,” he told the audience.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “The Nineties PC wave was great. I was happy to be there. I’m glad I took a swing and knocked one out of the park with that. But, since then, we’ve seen mobile games, web games, free-to-play games, the Steam revolution, and now virtual reality.”The opportunities I had aren’t there for people today, but there are new and better ones. And, personally, I’m more excited about these than any that have come before.”John Carmack’s full BAFTA speech is below, bookended by a tribute to his work and a brief interview. Skip to 4.15 if you’re only here for Carmack.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesHades wins Best Game at BAFTA Games Awards 2021Supergiant’s hit took home five awards, while Animal Crossing, The Last of Us Part II, and Sackboy each won twoBy Marie Dealessandri A month agoBAFTA announces 2020 Breakthrough participantsEight games professionals across US, UK honored as creative rising starsBy Rebekah Valentine 5 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Geoffrey Podger branded the allegations “unsubstantiated” and those who made them as “quite mad”. Podger was responding to claims from Friends of the Earth (FoE) that virtually all of the 12 EFSA opinions so far on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been favourable to the biotech industry and that some of the agency’s scientists have close links with the industry. Adrian Bebb, anti-GM campaigner for FoE, accused EFSA of “continuously brushing aside” evidence of the potential health effects of GM crops. “But we would find it very difficult to take on any more responsibility without the necessary staff.” Five GMOs were evaluated by EFSA; four given a positive opinion: GM maize NK 603, oilseed rape GT 73, GM maize MON 863, GM maize 1507; opinion on hybrid maize MON 863 x 810 held back pending further data. [email protected] “The agency plays a key role in the approval of new GM foods in Europe and needs to be independent from industry but it has clearly made up its mind that GM foods are safe and ignores any evidence or views that question that position,” Bebb said. But Podger, who has a five-year mandate, declared: “That simply is not true. We have looked at all the allegations made by Friends of the Earth and found them to be unsubstantiated. “I have every confidence in the independence of our experts and simply do not accept such criticism. “The GM issue is, of course, a very sensitive one but it is quite mad to say that we side with one side or the other. We act neither for lobby groups nor the industry.”The group’s allegations were to be discussed at a meeting of the authority’s management board today (16 December). The work of the authority, which has an annual budget of l28 million, will be reviewed by independent consultants next year and Podger hopes its remit will be expanded. “The review was foreseen from the start and, among other things, it will investigate whether our role should be widened. There is no doubt in my mind that, in its short life, the agency has done what it was set up to do but, personally, I would like to see us able to undertake more wide ranging nutritional studies,” he said. Podger has been head of the authority for nearly two years. EFSA will next month move from its current base in Brussels to its new one in Parma in Italy. He says the move will be completed by the autumn of 2005. A former head of the UK food safety standards authority, Podger called for staffing levels to be increased “as a matter of urgency”. The agency currently has 120 staff but he said this should rise eventually to between 250 and 300 to cope with its increasing workload. Podger said: “At present we simply do not have the staff available to do the work. “It is an uphill struggle. Staff are working very long hours and this is something which needs addressing. We are really looking forward to the move to Italy, our staff want to move there and have received enormous cooperation from the Italian authorities.
Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke about a number of issues at a media conference ahead of the game against Everton. Here’s some of what the Italian had to say. Conte on Alvaro Morata being suspended “The only problem is Morata. He took a yellow card and for this reason is not available for the game. It’s a big loss for us, but it happens and it’s OK.”AdChoices广告 On Morata’s booking against Bournemouth Embed from Getty Images“I must be honest, in that moment we were enjoying the goal and I didn’t see the situation but I knew he tried to celebrate the goal with the ball under the shirt. It’s a pity but we have to accept the decision.“If the referee books him only because he put the ball under his shirt, it’s a pity. You can allow this. It’s a celebration and you are showing your joy. The referee judged it in a different way.” On his plans without Morata “For sure Morata against Everton should play. He would start the game for sure. But now I have to prepare a different plan. I have different options and I have another day to make the best decision for this game.” On facing Everton Embed from Getty Images“This game is very important for us – the last game before Christmas and I’d like to spend a good Christmas with a good win.“But we know very well that in the last five games Everton have won four games. They are in a good moment of form. “They changed the coach and are having good results and for this reason we must play great attention. It is important for us to continue our run in the league.” On Ethan Ampadu Embed from Getty Images“Ampadu has been part of our squad from, not the start of the season, but after one month – he started to train with us every day. “He is part of our squad and I have to try to make the best decision but for sure I can count on him and I think I showed this, because in the last game against Everton in the Carabao Cup he played from the start as a midfielder, then he played part of the game against Huddersfield and then he played from the start against Bournemouth in an important game for us.“This player is very humble despite him being only 17 years old he keeps his feet on the ground and I’m sure he won’t lose his head. He’s showing great maturity, great personality and great composure before games and during games and after the games.” On being drawn against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup “I’m happy. It’s a big game for us and for Arsenal, but when you reach the semi-final you must be ready to face big teams. You must be ready to face a tough game. Arsenal is a really good team.” On the likes of Eden Hazard and David Luiz being linked with moves Embed from Getty Images“A difficult period is starting, for every club and every coach, because in this period there are a lot of rumours. Some rumours are true, some are wrong. “We must be ready to face this situation. I think the best way for me is to not read it and only to chat with the club and then to try to improve our squad if this is possible. “We must be ready to face these rumours, but at the same time we must be ready to focus and to go game by game because we have to play every three days and I think it’s not right to let these rumours disturb us.“We have to live with these rumours. My players are clever (enough) to go game by game not listen to these rumours – and a lot of them aren’t true.” On his hopes for the transfer window “About this topic, I prefer to talk with the club and to find the best solution together for the team. “If there is the possibility to improve the squad and the numerical aspect I think it will be a good choice, but at the same time I am enjoying it with these (current) players. “I am ready to continue to play with these players because they are showing me great commitment, but at the same time if there is the possibility to improve our squad I think the club will try to do this.” On his hopes for Christmas Embed from Getty Images“It’s not simple to enjoy Christmas if you have to work, but it’s amazing to live this type of atmosphere – especially if you win. But it’s not simple, because you have the training session, you have to play the game and you have to travel, but to live this atmosphere is amazing for me and for my players.“My one wish (for Christmas), or task, is to try to give the best satisfaction for our fan. For sure we will give all of ourselves to give this, I can promise this to our fans.” See also:Conte on Salah, Liverpool’s leaky defence, Morata, Moses, Klopp’s passion and Fabregas needing a restConte on Loftus-Cheek, injuries, defending Bakayoko, Luiz and the futures of Courtois and WillianConte on Luiz’s future, injury latest, Benitez, chasing Man City and whether players might be soldConte on Drinkwater’s illness, West Ham, Azpilicueta and the futures of Hazard and LuizConte on Bakayoko, Hazard v Messi, the January transfer window, squad rotation and feeling unhappyConte on Luiz, Batshuayi, Drogba, the transfer window and expecting to ‘suffer’ against SouthamptonConte on Luiz reports, selecting youngsters, Morata’s fitness, Kenedy – and what he wants for ChristmasConte on Luiz, transfers, Courtois & Hazard, his own future and his team selection against StokeConte on Arsenal, Luiz’s future, transfers, loan players and whether he’ll spend Costa cashConte on Morata, Barkley deal, Hazard injury, Luiz, Mourinho comments and speculation over his futureConte on Hazard, Batshuayi, Mourinho, Barkley, Carroll, Arsenal and his team selectionConte on his future, Barkley, Mourinho, talking to Alexis Sanchez and why it’s a bad time to play LeicesterConte on Sanchez, Batshuayi, injury news, Hudson-Odoi and why keeping Hazard happy isn’t importantConte on Morata, Chelsea’s shortage of goals, Crouch, injuries and whether he thinks signings are likelyConte on Arsenal tactics, injury latest, whether he expects signings and why Kenedy can succeedConte on injuries, Barkley & Alonso’s fitness, Musonda’s future and his relationship with the board Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook