Edge: Change is in the air. But you wouldn't know it from id Software's foyer. A large Doom logo in relief hangs over the reception desk, and a model of a spider demon is visible sitting in a storeroom behind. Large reproductions of magazine covers featuring Doom and Quake are arrayed along two walls and another features two large glass cabinets filled with the trophies won over the 18 years since the developer's founding.
And welcoming us with the strongest Texan drawl we've heard since we touched down (and a jumper featuring Pringle diamonds in twinkly thread) is 'id mom' Donna Jackson, who has been looking after her boys since she joined in January 1994. The surface of her reception desk is covered with photographs of their partners and children. One catches our eye: co-founder and technical director John Carmack behind the wheel of a Ferrari, with his young son in his own toy version in the foreground.