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Gamer's Edge

Overview

Gamer's Edge was the bi-monthly disk magazine product published by Softdisk, Inc. Started by John Romero in August 1990, the small group soon included John Carmack, Adrian Carmack and Lane Roathe with donations of game & level design by Tom Hall.

Softdisk's primary business was publishing monthly disk products, but the quality of the software suffered due to the one month time limit. Romero's decision to release games at two-month intervals increased the game quality and allowed Carmack more time to plan and experiment with his game engines.

Most of this group left to form id Software on February 1, 1991 soon after Apogee Software published the group's Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons series on December 14, 1990.

id Software immediately entered into a publishing contract with Softdisk to supply the abandoned Gamer's Edge department with games for the year of 1991.

After the group left, Mike Maynard and Jim Row took over the department and spent most of 1991 learning Carmack's engine and Romero's tools and producing games so that when id stopped supplying Gamer's Edge with games (at the end of 1991) they could continue releasing games they'd stored up.

Gamer's Edge lasted until late 1992 when Mike Maynard and Jim Row left to form JAM Productions (licensing the Wolf3D tech) and create the Blake Stone series.

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