Along with Ms. Carter and their son, Mr. Altman’s survivors embrace a daughter, Jessica Carter Altman, a singer and lawyer; and two sisters, Susan and Nancy Altman.
After abandoning banking and the legislation, Mr. Altman integrated ZeniMax, based mostly in Rockville, Md., in 1999, after which partnered with a software program developer, Christopher Weaver, of Bethesda Softworks, till they’d a falling-out.
As Bethesda’s guardian firm, ZeniMax devoured up different manufacturers. When concern was expressed about violent video video games, he packed the corporate’s advisory board with political luminaries, together with Robert Trump, the previous president’s youthful brother, and Terry McAuliffe, the previous Democratic nationwide chairman.
For a person whose entire skilled life had been about one-upmanship, Mr. Altman’s profitable shift in careers won’t have been as precipitous because it appeared. James Altman quoted ZeniMax’s normal counsel, Grif Lesher, as saying that his father was so assured of his personal creativity that he wouldn’t hesitate to rewrite Shakespeare as a result of he insisted “it may be improved.”
Devoting practically a decade to defending himself drained Mr. Altman of additional ambitions in banking, company legislation or capital energy politics.
“Till it’s your image on the entrance web page of The Washington Submit, till costs are being leveled at you and plenty of false accusations are being made, it’s very laborious to understand what it’s like,” he mentioned in a tv interview with Charlie Rose in 1993.
No marvel that when he switched careers, one of many video video games his firm developed, Fallout 3, invited gamers on a 23rd-century journey within the ruins of post-cataclysmic Washington. His favourite, although, his son mentioned, was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrm, which gives gamers the chance to “dwell one other life, in one other world” and to “play any kind of character you’ll be able to think about.”