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      This article mysteriously showed up when I google news searched “Sierra Entertainment.” 

      “Romero and Carmack called their game “Wolfenstein 3D.” Asked at the time what it involved, Romero replied, “Mowing down Nazis.”

      It was a popular concept among gamers, evidently. In February 1992, a computer gaming leader, Ken Williams of Sierra Entertainment, invited Romero and Carmack to fly from Madison to California. At the end of the meeting, according to Kushner, Williams offered them $2.5 million for id Software. They turned him down and returned to Wisconsin. It was now clear that “Wolfenstein” was going to be a huge hit. Two even more monster hits, “Doom” and “Quake,” games that would make Romero and Carmack millions upon millions of dollars, were on the horizon.”

      Is this a true story?

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      (re: Sierra & id software 1992?) It’s a true story. I’ve told it a few times, and was amused to see it retold in a book about Id recently.

      I wish I had been able to persuade them to work with us. I would have pushed harder, but I have never been into violence, and really didn’t want to publish violent games — even knowing that I had a fiscal responsibility to shareholders to “do the right thing” for the company.

      A funny part of the story is that I didn’t realize how “casual” they were, and met them at a fancy french restaurant. I wore a coat/tie, and they showed up in totally ripped up clothing, and in flip flops. I didn’t care, and would have happily swapped them clothes – but, the restaurant was freaked out. I was a good customer, so they moved us off to a private room, where we were stared in amazement by any of the restaurants other patrons who happened to see us.

      It was a great evening, and one I shall never forget. They are amazing guys and deserve all the success they’ve had.

      -Ken W

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