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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: Contacted Hades...
By inighthawki on 9/5/2010 10:13:37 PM , Rating: 2
That depends on the definition. For the Greek Underworld can be synonymous with hell, which is portrayed many different ways. Some with fire, and some cold and dark. You should stop now before you embarrass yourself any further.

RE: Contacted Hades...
By sprockkets on 9/6/2010 12:11:10 AM , Rating: 1
For the Greek Underworld can be synonymous with hell, which is portrayed many different ways. Some with fire, and some cold and dark.

Where did you get this misinformation?

You should stop now before you embarrass yourself any further.

Perhaps you should research first why the term "hell" today means a fiery torment and see why it never had anything to do with the Greek Hades.

RE: Contacted Hades...
By FITCamaro on 9/6/10, Rating: 0
RE: Contacted Hades...
By sviola on 9/6/2010 1:58:34 PM , Rating: 3
If I'm not incorrect, the image of a fiery hell started only after Dante Alighieri's "The Divine Comedy".

RE: Contacted Hades...
By foolsgambit11 on 9/6/2010 6:10:26 PM , Rating: 2
And while we can be as historically accurate as we want about what the Greeks thought of the underworld, it doesn't change the fact that since the Renaissance, Hades and hell have been (poetically) synonymous in Western culture.

RE: Contacted Hades...
By dubldwn on 9/7/2010 2:39:15 AM , Rating: 3
If I'm not incorrect

You're incorrect. Hell is described as a fiery place multiple times in the NT. Also, refer to Rev. 20:13 for a distinction between Hades and Hell.

As for the poster above, as a member of "Western culture," I personally wasn't aware Hell and Hades were interchangeable. I believe the term is "Hell freezes over."

RE: Contacted Hades...
By bighairycamel on 9/7/2010 1:44:39 PM , Rating: 2
As for the poster above, as a member of "Western culture," I personally wasn't aware Hell and Hades were interchangeable.
And yet, English translations of the Bible do it quite frequently. See also: Sheol, Gehenna, and Tartarus; all have been incorrectly translated as "hell". In fact, there is no term in the original hebrew or greek scriptures than meant eternal fiery torment.

Just a nifty little fact for the fear mongering denominations out there.

RE: Contacted Hades...
By borismkv on 9/7/2010 9:22:10 PM , Rating: 2
Give him a break. He's using the NIV - AKA, the Bible for Dummies.

RE: Contacted Hades...
By sprockkets on 9/7/2010 10:19:01 PM , Rating: 1
like the poster who replied to you already, that scripture in Rev 20:13 seems like hell, BUT Rev 20:14 says:

Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. - English standard version

Obviously Hades can't be thrown into itself, so the lake of fire isn't hell either, nor is it a place of torment, since literally, it says, it is the second death, meaning, you are gone for good. Besides, how can "death" be tormented in the lake of fire?

True, verse 10 says that the devil and the wild beast will be tormented day and night, forever and ever. But I digress for now.

RE: Contacted Hades...
By zixin on 9/7/2010 12:28:52 PM , Rating: 2
You are incorrect. The deepest portion of hell in the Divine Comedy where the greatest sinners go is actually a frozen world.

RE: Contacted Hades...
By Alexstarfire on 9/7/2010 12:31:21 PM , Rating: 2
Why is there so much argument over the differences between Hades, the underworld, and hell?

RE: Contacted Hades...
By dxf2891 on 9/8/2010 11:11:20 AM , Rating: 2
Actually Hades encompassed many areas in the after life. There is Tartarus; a pit of tormenting and suffering home to such notables as the Titans, Sisyphus and his rock and Prometheus and his liver devouring bird, as well as fiery pits for the tormented souls. It also holds the Elysian Fields which is the reward for Greeks who died in battle, the River Styx the domain of Charon, and the palace proper home of Hades (Pluto), Persephone and Cerebus. The fiery, tormenting Hell is but one part of Hades according to Ancient Greek legend. "Now you know, and knowing is half the battle."

RE: Contacted Hades...
By Visual on 9/8/2010 11:59:47 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, Hades is just a moon of Jupiter.
And it has already frozen over, millions of years ago.

Unfortunately someone renamed it to Sinope a couple years before I was even born, rendering my whole post invalid. Damn.

But you'll all still see I was right when the game is out, and it turns out to be just a Doom mod, removing the helmet, adding some vulgar language and renaming the location. As if Phobos, Deimos, Mars and Earth weren't enough...

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