Why am I in the Quake credits?

Raymond Chen

Anon wants to know why I am listed in the credits for the video game Quake under the “Special Thanks” section. “Were you an early tester/debugger?” I’ve never played a game of Quake in my entire life. I (and most of the rest of the Windows 95 team) played DOOM, but after a while, first-person-shooter games started giving me a headache. By the time Quake came out, I had already abandoned playing FPS games. I don’t remember what it was that I did specifically, but it was along the lines of helping them with various technical issues related to running under Windows. At the time, I was a kernel developer, and the advice I gave was almost certainly related to memory management and swapping.

Sorry it wasn’t anything exciting.


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