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The king is back! "Duke Nukem Forever" has been revived, and is nearing release in a shocking turn of events.  (Source: Kotaku)

The demo features a quick taste of the game's combat gameplay, in which the macho-protagonist, Duke Nukem, fights to save his babes from hoards of evil extraterrestrials.  (Source: Kotaku)

The game features plenty of sexual innuendo just like its predecessors -- the demo concludes with Nukem appearing to be receiving oral pleasure from a pair of females.  (Source: Ripten)
"It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all outta gum."

"Hail to the king baby!", Duke Nukem is back.  Some may take Friday's announcement of Duke Nukem Forever's resurrection as a sign of the end of times, but it's hard not to feel a bit of excitement that maybe, just maybe, this bad joke could transform into a modern first-person shooter gem.

For today's younger generation of gamers, Duke Nukem may not ring many more bells than Q*bert, but there was a time when the brash talking, hyper-masculine, buzz-cut womanizer Duke headlined one of the best selling first person shooters of its decade (Duke Nukem 3D).

By the year 2009, those who still remembered the games used them more frequently in punchlines than in praise.  After all, Duke Nukem 3D's sequel, the ironically named Duke Nukem Forever, had seen an extraordinarily bizarre development lifecycle with developer 3D Realms still without a finished title after 12 years of development, dating back to 1997.  Then in mid-2009 Take-Two Interactive, who had purchased publishing rights, sued cash-strapped 3D Realms, just as the company was reportedly finishing up the long awaited title.

The ensuing legal battle was settled with undisclosed terms in May of this year. 

3D Realms retained the rights to the game.  And in perhaps the wisest decision it had made concerning the seemingly cursed title, it decided to hand over the development reins to Randy Pitchford's studio Gearbox Software.

Mr. Pitchford was no Nukem newbie.  He had been hired in the 1990s to help development Duke Nukem 3D.  And while he left 3D Realms just as Duke Nukem Forever was kicking into full swing, Mr. Pitchford always kept a soft spot for the machismo-machine that made him a software superstar.

On Friday at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, Mr. Pitchford let the cat out of the bag showing off a 15-minute live gameplay demo [video here] filled with sexual innuendo, violence, and suitably attractive graphics.  And according to Mr. Pitchford the game is nearly finished, and will launch complete with multiplayer.  He states in a recent interview, "It's a large, large game."

If you think Mr. Pitchford might be tempted to tone the game down for today's more sensitive audience, think again.  It looks to be headed for a solid "M" -- if it catches the ESRB folks on a generous day. 

Mr. Pitchford describes the protagonist, remarking, "In Duke's world this is all real shit. These fucking aliens are here and they're fucking our planet up and they're taking our chicks. There's a reason for that, and Duke is the only guy who can stop them. In his universe, that all makes perfect sense. As a result, he is the most important person in his universe. And he knows it. He enjoys it. He franchises it! He's got Duke Burgers opened up all over the country. It's a weird universe, but it works for him. He's the king!"

But the "king" has his work cut out for him if he hopes to win back gamers.  After all if there's one thing more deadly than a pack of babe-stealing aliens, it's the risk of remaining a punchline from one more delay. 

Despite the risk, Mr. Pitchford is the picture of confidence and exuberance.  He says he can understand if some are skeptical, but promises not to disappoint.  He states, "I think everybody feels the way I felt when Duke was in trouble in 2009.  Yeah, we've been jerked around. But we kind of want him to be triumphant. In Duke's time of need, we almost want to support him. And I'm feeling that kind of love."

As for Nukem, he appears to be feeling the love, too.

The demo concludes with the camera panning out to show that the whole intro experience was just a console game being played by the real Duke Nukem.  And Duke has company -- a pair of females, who appear to have been giving old Nukem some oral pleasure.  One of them takes a breather and looks up at him to ask, "So how was the game Duke, was it any good?"

He gruffly remarks, "Yeah, but after 12 fucking years . . . it better be."

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RE: Anyone but Gearbox!!!
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2010 5:31:37 PM , Rating: 2
How can you claim to be "just saying" consoles sell more, with absolutely no anti-pc bias, when your OP was full of this kind of stuff:

"Kinect for Xbox and Natal for PS3 will be sealing the nails in the coffin of PC gaming even more"

You were either just trying to be witty, or you're autistic and don't grasp the imagery that using the word "coffin" drags up.

RE: Anyone but Gearbox!!!
By retrospooty on 9/5/2010 6:51:33 PM , Rating: 2
You are so aggro on every issue, i dont get that. Most people dont think like you. I fail to see how making a simple statement gives me an "anti-pc bias". Again, you are creating arguments and aggression where none exists. I am the furthest thing in the world from an anti PC fanboy. I love PC. I love what it has done for the world, and I love what it has done for my career, as well as my spare time. I absolutely love them, and am grateful that I can make a living playing with PC's and helping others on them all day long. I dont get why me saying that most game developers, and most gamers are on consoles makes you angry. What difference does it make to you anyhow? What of anything I said turns you to the dark side? We are talking about games, which from what I can tell, we both like. It not something to be all angry about.

The only animosity at all here is the animosity in your head. You have issues my friend, I hope that in real life you are less of a nutjob than you come off online. If the fact that console games are far bigger than PC games really angers you that much, I suggest you seek professional help.

RE: Anyone but Gearbox!!!
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2010 7:38:13 PM , Rating: 2
Again, if you didn't want people to think you weren't proclaiming the death of PC gaming, you maybe shouldn't use terms like "nails in coffin". Or do you not have the intellect to understand how that comes off?

RE: Anyone but Gearbox!!!
By retrospooty on 9/5/2010 9:02:01 PM , Rating: 2
I stand behind everything I said here, especially the part about your anger issues. It takes a true fanboi eith angerissues to get mad at what I wrote. It wasn't offensive in any way.

RE: Anyone but Gearbox!!!
By Alexstarfire on 9/5/2010 8:44:19 PM , Rating: 1
He's kind of right. The "nail in the coffin" comment has no basis in fact. As such it is a very strong opinion against PC gaming. Even if that's not what you intended, that's how it looks to us.

Yes, it's obvious that most developers are moving to consoles. It's not that hard to see why. They say it's because of piracy, but that's bullshit. Of course, anyone who knows about the whole piracy issue knows that. It's about money, it always is. They have seen how much MMOs make and want to set up a similar type of system on the console. A subscription type service won't really work for non-MMO games. Instead of a subscription service they sell you all the add-ons: weapons, mods, maps, outfits, etc.

Console gaming isn't and can't be bigger than PC gaming. A few hundred million consoles vs over a billion PCs. Yes, not all are used to play games and yes not all of them will run the latest and greatest games, but those aren't the only games made and/or played.

RE: Anyone but Gearbox!!!
By mcnabney on 9/6/2010 10:30:24 AM , Rating: 3
The devil is always in the details.

When these numbers come out that show PC gaming in massive decline they use words like "retail sales". That means a colorful box with a disk in it sold by Best Buy or Gamestop. I haven't bought one of those for a while. See, PCs have this thing called Steam, and some estimates show that half of all PC game title sales go through it. Steam is conveniently not part of the Retail Sales channel.

Also, there are all kinds of games. Subscription MMOs are typically not counted (or at most they count it as one sale - one sale that ends up making the developer hundreds of dollars each). Casual games are never counted, and the analysis of time-played on casual PC games dwarfs all other games combined due to the fact that there really are a billion or two boxes capable of playing them.

Obviously, PCs are not in the drivers seat for game development (except a few key types like MMOs and RPGs). I really think that Microsoft might be realizing that hurting PCs to advance the Xbox platform could potentially hurt Windows. If I wasn't playing games on my PCs I really don't see much need to have Windows on it.

RE: Anyone but Gearbox!!!
By FITCamaro on 9/6/2010 12:37:40 PM , Rating: 1
They say it's because of piracy, but that's bullshit

It's about money

You realize they are one in the same right? More piracy = less money.

I don't think developers have ever tried to say otherwise. They say its about piracy. Which can be read as "we make less money". Less money typically means less, worse, or no games.

RE: Anyone but Gearbox!!!
By Alexstarfire on 9/6/2010 4:55:36 PM , Rating: 1
Kinda is, kinda isn't. They aren't really losing money because of piracy. They are losing it because they made shitty games. No one is going to pay $50-$60 for a shitty game. They'd rather pirate it.

RE: Anyone but Gearbox!!!
By FITCamaro on 9/7/2010 8:39:07 AM , Rating: 2
Justify it however you want. Stealing is stealing. I won't say I've never pirated. But I am not in denial about what I was doing.

RE: Anyone but Gearbox!!!
By Alexstarfire on 9/7/2010 11:58:17 AM , Rating: 2
I sure hope that wasn't directed at me because I wasn't justifying piracy in the slightest.

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