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Matt Hazard Returns 31

D3Publisher has announced Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, bringing everyone's favorite gun-toting superstar back to the forefront of gaming culture. Or at least, that's what they tell us. Nobody's actually ever seen or played a Matt Hazard title before; it's just a clever marketing campaign for what is essentially a parody game based on popular shooter standards. They've even made a fake history of Matt Hazard games. "Eat Lead parodies some of our fondest memories in classic gaming and pop culture, so gamers will have a laugh out loud experience everytime they pick-up the controller," said Pete Andrew, a D3P exec.
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Matt Hazard Returns

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  • by Misanthrope ( 49269 ) on Saturday October 04, 2008 @10:39PM (#25260819)

    A game that closely parodies shooters including Duke Nukem.....was developed and came out before Duke Nukem Forever....

    • Nah, Matt Hazard is more likely a long lost twin to Duke Nukem. Good thing we found him. Sorta.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      I can't help but get the feeling that someone got impatient waiting for DNF and decided to take matters into their own hands. And like DNF, it quickly became a joke.
    • by KDR_11k ( 778916 )

      Yes, we call it Serious Sam. It even got 1.5 sequels before DNF got released.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by kosamae ( 589574 )
      How can you parody "Duke Nukem" when it was already a parody of action movie hero stereotypes?
  • It's amazing how well it works. It looks like people have already started to copy and repost the Matt hazard YouTube videos.
  • Matt Hazard should absolutely totally be the next new Mythbuster.

    I wonder why this website is full of broken links? (And not slashdotted ones) I mean, if you're going to do something like this properly, you usually put all the pictures and websites together first, and then do the spamming. Right?

    • My impression is that this is a 'fansite' linking to the "out of business original publisher's" website, which is down.

  • The Important Question here is what type of copy-protection (if any) that they will use.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 04, 2008 @11:19PM (#25261015)

    It was called Serious Sam

  • Platform irony (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    This is a console game, no PC version announced. So, 90% of the players won't get the jokes that are supposedly about old school FPS, and the people who would appreciate the jokes won't be playing the game. On top of that, D3, the publisher, has a fairly bad record of the way they handle PC publishing -- see Puzzle Quest, in which they used a PC demo to showcase the game early on, but did not deliver a PC full version until a year after the consoles, and when they did, there was no matchmaking service for m

  • by pushing-robot ( 1037830 ) on Saturday October 04, 2008 @11:55PM (#25261217)

    The java image ripple, the explosion animated gifs, the colors, the red frames around images, the webring footer, the 404-ed image links, the table-based design with nary a div or stylesheet — it really feels like a ten year old geocities page.

    The only things I could imagine would "improve" it are a lower-color (web safe!) background image, entirely square-cornered sidebars, and no Google ad bar.

    Still, I've seen a lot of parody "old" pages, and this is one of the best. Kudos to the designer!

    • and no Google ad bar.

      Take a closer look...the Google ad bar is fake. All the links point to "dead" Matt Hazard sites. It's the next best thing to hosting the page on Geosites!

      My personal favorite, however, is the poor grammar and spelling. It makes you totally beleive that the site was made by a 14 year old fanboy, like my old Descent webpage back in the day.

    • Click the google ads :D

      I wonder if that is legal actually.

      • by Tyris ( 1315133 )
        Parody is a protected form of speech, so should be fine.
        • Yeh, but I don't think the protection extends to use of trademarks - doesn't that seem infringing? Usually a parody would say, perhaps, Goggle or something.

          Regardless, I doubt Google would take issue.

  • Anyone wanna buy 1317-times.com? :D

  • OMGE, I am having a laugh out loud experience just seeing how idiotic corporate language has become. HALOLE! HAROFLMAOE!

  • I happen to have a friend named Matt Hazard. He's a former marine, and pretty close to an action hero to begin with. Just look at his awesome shades [osu.edu].

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