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It is "id" software, no caps, no periods. It is named for this concept: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Id,_ego_and_super-ego

I used to make similar mistakes years ago, for a long time thinking it was "Eye Dee Software", so I'm posting this to enlighten others, rather than being a grammar commie.

Interestingly, there was a game called iD published in 1986: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ID_%28video_game%29

No, it is a lowercase shortening of the acronym for Ideas From the Deep, which is what they called themselves before id. Ideas From the Deep becomes IFD becomes ID.


"Taking its name from Freud's primal, instinct-driven face of the human psyche, id Software is, by general acknowledgement, the coolest game shop in the world."

That is still not the origin.

I've been calling them eye dee software since the first wolfenstein came out. I forget when I learned it rhymed with lid, but I just can't make myself say it that way.

It might help you to know that 'id' is a real word, part of the mind (in Freud's theory) along with the ego and super-ego.

Many apologies if this is patronising, just the way you wrote rhymes with lid rather than just the word id made me unsure if you were aware of it.

Corrected, thanks.

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