Tim Willits

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Tim Willits
Occupation Creative Director, id Software

Tim Willits is the creative director and former co-owner of video game developer id Software.

Early life[edit]

Willits is a computer science and business graduate of the University of Minnesota[1] and a former member of the University of Minnesota Army ROTC program. Willits was the battalion cadet-command sergeant major (C/CSM) during his junior year and attended ROTC Advanced Camp at Fort Lewis, Washington during the summer between his junior and senior years of college. After an injury during the summer, Willits completed two rotations, being assigned to both the first and seventh cadet regiments during that summer. He held the rank of cadet-major (C/MAJ) during his senior year and was assigned as the battalion training officer.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Willits has stated in numerous interviews that he was inspired to make video games when he downloaded a demo version of DOOM in 1992. Playing the first room of Level 1, he thought that was the entire demo until he discovered a door that leads the player to the other rooms. It was that moment when the door opened, Willits knew that he wanted to pursue a video game career. [2][3][4]He joined id Software in 1995 after impressing the owners and development team with Doom levels he forged in his spare time and distributed free over the Internet. Willits has worked on Strife, The Ultimate Doom, Quake, Quake II, Quake III Arena, Quake III: Team Arena and Doom 3.

Willits was lead designer on Doom 3, and executive producer on Quake 4. He was creative director on Rage, and most recently on Quake Live.

Personal Life[edit]

Married for the second time in 2011, Willits currently lives in a Dallas suburb with his wife and triplets.[5]

Notes[edit]

  • He was referenced in the Doom movie as Dr. Willits.[6]
  • Willits is the only id Software employee who has been to every single QuakeCon event since its inception in 1996, which is something he is proud of.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomsen, Michael (June 2011). "The Deathmatch Daydreams of Tim Willits". Electronic Gaming Monthly (248): 24. 
  2. ^ Thomsen, Michael (June 2011). "The Deathmatch Daydreams of Tim Willits". Electronic Gaming Monthly (248): 24. 
  3. ^ GameSpot. "id Software 20th Anniversary Feature". YouTube. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  4. ^ QuakeCon. "QuakeCon 2011: 20 Years of id Software". YouTube. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Thomsen, Michael (June 2011). "The Deathmatch Daydreams of Tim Willits". Electronic Gaming Monthly (248): 24. 
  6. ^ Doom Trivia from the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ GameSpot. "id Software 20th Anniversary Feature". YouTube. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  8. ^ QuakeCon. "QuakeCon 2011: 20 Years of id Software". YouTube. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 

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