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Duke Nukem For Never 565

PLSQL Guy writes "Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms is shutting down, according to Shacknews. They cite 'a reliable source close to the company,' who said the developer is finished and employees have already been let go. It looks like all of the Duke Nukem Forever jokes are turning into reality; DNF might turn out to be the ultimate vaporware after all." 3D Realms' webmaster, Joe Siegler, confirmed the closing, saying that he didn't know about it even a day beforehand. Apogee and Deep Silver, who are working on a different set of Duke Nukem games (referred to as the Duke Nukem Trilogy) say they are not affected by the problems at 3D Realms.
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Duke Nukem For Never

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  • by rice-dawg ( 878189 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @04:13AM (#27856735)

    Since Take-Two has the publishing rights they're going to keep the DNF assets and current playable game and never release it or they're going to hand it over to another team that won't put forth the Duke style that one would expect. I really wish they would at least release a beta demo of the playable assets.

    According to GameSpot, Take-Two only owns the publishing rights. The intellectual property still belongs to the developers, so don't hold your breath waiting for a Rockstar Studio to finish the job. []

  • by Burning1 ( 204959 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @04:21AM (#27856785) Homepage

    I think now would be as good a time as any to repost the Duke Nukem Forever List for those who haven't already read it, or remember it fondly and looking for a encore laugh.

    Just as the DNF team would occasionally tease us over the years with trailers, the list has been updated to include humanity's latest accomplishments (and failures.)

    Interestingly, a conversation regarding the late great duke came up at work just today...

  • by Japong ( 793982 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @04:23AM (#27856803)

    This is the strangest read I've had in a while: []

    I was told to think about my next words very carefully before giving my final answer. Honestly, I felt this was a test to see how well I would hold up to pressure later when we had to "hold the lie" (the similarity to "hold the line" isn't on accident), so I held firm and said I really wanted to, but needed to have it reviewed...

    oh fuck...

    Faster than I can even remember (literally... I don't remember) I was knocked out of my chair by I *think* of all people Tim Sweeney (it was a wooden kitchen chair) and was pinned on the ground by Mike Wilson and Cliffy B (he's so much stronger than I ever expected). George walks over to my chair and fucking stomps the shit out of it until the legs are broken off. He casually picks up one of the legs that had split into a shit your pants style point and starts tossing it up and down. Scott and Mark Rein alternate on and off saying that I apparently wasn't aware how *real* business is done and that if I didn't want to find out why those two companies had maintained such a strong position in the industry dating back to the shareware days (when it seems people didn't ask nearly as many questions about why developers appeared, made a game, and then disappeared without a trace)... I had better reconsider my answer.

    I do remember the next part very very well though... I will never forget it and I have to admit that I have dreams about it pretty frequently.

    Cliffy and Mike pulled me up and shoved my face about 6 inches from the point of the chair leg. I was drenched in sweat (the trailers didn't have decent AC so it was already hot as hell in there)... and if they had let go of me I would not have been able to stand on my own.

    George looked me in the eyes and asked me one more time what I was going to do... so at that point I did what anyone would do...

    I mean, this guy actually did work at 3DRealms and this is his blog, but seriously, CliffyB and Marc Rein threatening developers with broken chairs? Tim Sweeny tackling people and holding them down for gang beatings?

  • Why now? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Wicknight ( 671279 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @04:33AM (#27856865)
    Why now? Why not 10 years ago? Did they run out of money?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 07, 2009 @05:07AM (#27857037)

    It was a joke, dude.

  • Wow. (Score:5, Informative)

    by ledow ( 319597 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @05:33AM (#27857167) Homepage

    Gotta love the site that lists all the things that have happened in the time DNF was "supposed" to be being made.

    For instance, it took less time to implement and complete the entire Moon landing program.
    The Beatles were formed, released every song, and split up in less time than it's been since DNF's initial announcement.
    Wars came and went quicker.
    The *entire* GTA series of games was released since the announcement.
    58 Mario games were made since the announcement.

    It always was a farce, always will be a farce. Even if the source was released tomorrow, complete and playable in every detail, DNF would *still* be the biggest development farce in gaming. It should have had its tail cut long ago, rather than constant "reinvention". All we can hope is that the developers and producers involved learn a lesson and start getting things out of the door in their new jobs. It sounds like it was technically good at most points but reinventing the wheel and constant, inept, managerial interruptions turned it into a circus (so, what else is new?).

    Surely anyone with a brain would have left 3DRealms *long* ago anyway, if this is how it was working?

  • What, I thought DNF was "Digital Noise Filter". Which is what you need when reading rumors about the impending release of DNF :)

    Wikipedia says it's

    "Did not finish" in racing parlance

    (Non-native English speakers might not be familiar with this particular acronym expansion.)

  • Re:RIP DNF (Score:2, Informative)

    by ( 1093949 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @05:38AM (#27857199)

    There've been calls to open-source the game.

    That's assuming that there's anything worth opening. According to a quote form an "ex-3D Realms employee" on The Duke List [], not that much ever got done:

    Entire maps would be done from the ground up, almost to beta quality, and then thrown out simply because no one would make decisions early on in the process. (Read up on Valve's 'orange box' method of design -- that's how you make games) Another example of [redacted] is the fact that there was one part of one map that was being worked on before I started working there. Nineteen months later and the same designer was still working on the same part of that same map... I'm not blaming the designer, it wasn't his fault.

  • Re:DNF still on... (Score:3, Informative)

    by pieisgood ( 841871 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @05:48AM (#27857245) Journal
    That's for the Duke Nukem [bold] TRILOGY [/bold] Duke Nukem Forever (FOUR EVER) is not a part of the trilogy. DNF.... if all this is really the truth, is finished.
  • Re:About time (Score:4, Informative)

    by Nursie ( 632944 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @06:14AM (#27857379)

    Frankly Duke 3D was bad enough.

    It was no Quake, and that's for certain. I never did get the Duke Hype, it was outdated as soon as it was released.

  • Re:RIP DNF (Score:5, Informative)

    by siddesu ( 698447 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @06:29AM (#27857431)

    try eduke32

  • by SuperCharlie ( 1068072 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @07:30AM (#27857731)
    I was one of those obsessed followers for the first 3-4 years after DN3D until I came up with what *I* figured happened. Hell, I even bought all the action figures...

    I believe they made a name with Duke 3D and had good intentions of making a first. Then along came licensing rights. Easy money. Then came some noteable side-tracks. Max Payne for one. Then came some more licensing. Then it really didn't make sense to work that hard any more. The money (anyone with a buck to buy licensing) just called on the phone, the lawyers did their work, and the money showed up in the bank.

    Here is some of what we got instead of DNF..

    Duke Nukem 64
    Duke Nukem - Game Boy Color
    Duke Nukem - Land of the Babes
    Duke Nukem - Manhattan Project
    Duke Nukem - Time to Kill
    Duke Nukem - Total Meltdown
    Duke Nukem - Zero Hour
    Duke Nukem Advance
    Duke Nukem II
    Duke Nukem Mobile

    They milked it for over 10 years. I am surprised they actually "called it off" and didn't just let it fade away.

    The shame here is the magnificent property that was lazily shit off.
  • Re:About time (Score:4, Informative)

    by Stormwatch ( 703920 ) <<moc.liamtoh> <ta> <oarigogirdor>> on Thursday May 07, 2009 @08:01AM (#27857913) Homepage

    I never did get the Duke Hype, it was outdated as soon as it was released.

    The gameplay was very far from perfect, and the pseudo-3D engine looked bad compared to Quake's actual 3D (which came out a few months later). But it did have some cool bits... strippers, a wicked sense of humor, and a badass theme song.

  • Re:RIP DNF (Score:4, Informative)

    by Archimonde ( 668883 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @08:01AM (#27857919) Homepage

    There've been calls to open-source the game.

    The problem is that there is no source whatsoever to release I'm afraid.

  • Re:RIP DNF (Score:3, Informative)

    by somersault ( 912633 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @08:25AM (#27858069) Homepage Journal

    I started wondering that too after I noticed the abbreviation was DNF.. what a shame.. this is one game I'd have actually bothered to reinstall Windows for.

  • Re:RIP DNF (Score:4, Informative)

    by zaxus ( 105404 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @08:30AM (#27858109)

    > ...udder crap...

    I'm not typically a grammar nazi, but please people: udders don't crap, they produce milk. The phrase is "utter crap". Thank you. That is all.

  • by Don_dumb ( 927108 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @08:38AM (#27858183)
    DNF is comon to athletics also
  • Re:It's time... (Score:5, Informative)

    by danieltdp ( 1287734 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @09:32AM (#27858807)
    I'm gonna rip your head off and shit down your neck
  • by kalirion ( 728907 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @01:14PM (#27862699)

    It is ironic that Duke 3D was a hit with an outdated engine..

    Outdated? This was months before Quake. There was nothing better. And as far as I'm concerned, Duke 3D looked better than any other game until GLQuake made its appearance. Sure, Descent and Terminator: Future Shock were true 3D, but either those engines had some major limitations, or they weren't used right.

  • Re:RIP DNF (Score:4, Informative)

    by Chris Burke ( 6130 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @01:23PM (#27862879) Homepage

    2 Girls 1 Grail!

  • Re:RIP DNF (Score:3, Informative)

    by zerocool^ ( 112121 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @01:42PM (#27863283) Homepage Journal

    Often, this is enough to make a playable map, anyway. For example, I play Counterstrike Gun Game, which is focused entirely on player skill, not on objective or a vague version of reality.

    A good portion of the gun game maps are built entirely with the default textures, see: [] []

    I think this is in general how Valve does level design. I'm not sure if they use the same Orangeish-Yellow for vertical surfaces and Grey for horizontal surfaces style, but it's got to be something like that. Before you spend any significant time doing the prettying up, it helps to know if the map is good and balanced and fun.

    The same steps were taken with UT3, if I remember - they rendered generic low-res textures, slapped them on a wireframe map, and deathmatched the map to hell - then if they liked it, went back and finished it.

    I can't imagine this not being the first thing that most people think of when doing level design.


  • Re:RIP DNF (Score:2, Informative)

    by refitman ( 958341 ) on Thursday May 07, 2009 @06:16PM (#27868275) Homepage Journal

    The term Crap came from John Crapper the inventor of the Toilet.

    Common misconception. The term 'crap' predates Thomas Crapper by at least 150 years [].

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