After nearly a decade of anticipation, delays, disappointment
and ridicule, Duke Nukem makes a small appearance. In the job seeker section on
Gamasutra, developer 3D Realms posted an open position requesting for a full
time programmer with knowledge in C++ and the Unreal engine for work on Xbox
360 and Windows.
Most interesting about the job posting isn’t the actual job,
but rather a small postage stamp-sized screenshot from a recent build of Duke Nukem Forever. The small 200x125
.gif image is all that was needed to send Duke Nukem fans into a frenzy
of discussion and speculation on message boards. 3D Realms' George
Broussard responded quickly
to the gaming community, at first saying only, “In game shot.”
Broussard later expanded
upon his original statement: “That's an in game, real-time shot of Duke
standing in a random hallway. It was really done as a small teaser for a job ad
on Gamasutra.com. Nothing more.”
“I'm glad some of you enjoyed it, and we'll show more later
as we start to wake from our slumber and decide how best to show the game off,”
As much as everyone likes to poke fun at Duke Nukem’s
development time (and all pokes are well deserved), the small screenshot proves
one thing: 3D Realms has been doing something lately other than playing WoW.
quote: OMG, I think I will never see DNF in my lifetime.