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Duke Nukem Forever: The Biggest Hoax In Video Game History?

Reminisce with me for just a sec: I remember working in EB - yeah, it was still Electronics Boutique at the time, and GameStop was the primary competition - and trying to help a customer who had asked for a release date for Duke Nukem Forever. Of course, the computer had a listing but nobody believed it, and we kinda laughed about it. When the customer left, the other employees and I joked that the game would absolutely never come out. ...this was 11 years ago.

Ever since then, what may be the single most elaborate and expensive ongoing hoax in entertainment history has continued. The very epitome of "vaporware," 3DRealms' supposed title garnered worldwide attention and somehow managed to snag any and all gamers who were fascinated with the phenomenon. How could a hotly anticipated blockbuster game avoid intense scrutiny that would expose the ruse? Well, it's a combination of things, really. At just about the time the rumor begins to die down - it has happened every other year or so over the past decade - somebody somewhere, perhaps posing as a 3DRealms employee, releases a "leaked" screenshot. Or maybe they provide some "inside info." Last year, they ensured that DNF (in sports, this stands for "did not finish") would have a solid start in a new generation by hinting that it might show up on the new consoles. Then there's the freshly gathered quotes that say things like, "development is going along smoothly," and, "we expect to move on to the next phase shortly," which keep all of us ensnared in this amazing hoax.

DNF. "Forever." "Did Not Finish." "Duke is Now Fu****." Interpret it any way you please, but based on all concrete evidence, the intelligent, rational human can't possibly come up with any other logical explanation. It's just impossible. On the other hand, let's just say for the sake of argument, that we're wrong. Let's say that Duke Nukem Forever is indeed in the hopper and nearing completion. ...can you imagine what the expectations are going to be? Dear mother of God. Remember the hype generated for Daikatana? Oooh, that crashed and burned, huh? And if DNF doesn't instantly become the single greatest FPS ever created, it's going to be considered a colossal letdown, and hence, even if the game does exist, we might have to recommend that the devs scrap this thing. Seriously. Cut your losses before this explodes with the force of 500 nuclear warheads.

But of course, nobody has to worry about that. The hoax is exactly that, and it will continue so long as the media continues to lend an ear. And yeah, we're gonna keep doing that. It's fun for us. It's fun because we know it's a hoax. But the question is, is it still fun for you?

11/9/2008 Ben Dutka

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ceedot
Sunday, November 09, 2008 @ 10:59:19 PM
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They made some of it, then scraped it. Now they are making it on a new engine. I just think it's still going to be sh**....


If it comes out.

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 11/9/2008 11:08:50 PM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 09, 2008 @ 11:21:34 PM
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Now I just use it as an example of where a hyped up game that keeps delaying is probably going to go. I believed in it for about a year or even 2 myself, there was no reason to think Duke wouldn't go on, and it was a reasonable title what with Batman Forever (movie not game) doing so well. But even if they do release a DNF, it won't have been in development all this time.

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Qubex
Sunday, November 09, 2008 @ 11:23:12 PM
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I think it will come out eventually... in some shape or form...

Q!

"i Am HomE"

* HOME Beta Tester *

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Fabi
Sunday, November 09, 2008 @ 11:26:30 PM
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Why would anyone be excited for a Duke Nukem game? That's what blows my mind.

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ec0li
Sunday, November 09, 2008 @ 11:50:29 PM

"Hail to the king, baby!" nuff said

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Jojoman
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 12:26:35 AM
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You never know. It's been seventeen years since the last Guns and Roses album and now Axl Rose is finally going to grace us with Chinese Democracy. The "antisapointment" is killing me. Especially since I vow to wait seventeen years to buy it.

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FLYING_APE
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 5:36:06 AM

GNR are dead it's now called axl roses.

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Joe_III
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 12:41:24 AM
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the cake is DNF...

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OhYessss
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 1:57:06 AM

The cake is a lie.

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The_Vandelizer
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 12:54:13 AM
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Duke Nukem??

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Gabriel013
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 1:19:49 AM
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This game will undoubtedly be politically correctly watered down.

I only want it released if it is true to the original sentiment.

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Scarecrow
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 1:28:40 AM
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lol FINALLY there's someone out there with a brain who understands that this Duke Nukem crap is just a joke.

It's almost like that Chinese Democracy album from Guns N Roses.

Anyway I've never cared 'bout Duke Nukem since Forever(that's the 3rd person one, right?)

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TheRaPtuRe
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 2:15:16 AM
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how DO you know that it's a hoax though 4 sure?

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Geobaldi
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 4:47:11 AM
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I still say that it'll come out in some form or another. Possibly even under a different title. But I don't see them letting one of the classic gaming icons die without giving him a worthy farewell. It probably won't meet the expectations that everybody has for it, but if it's as fun as Duke 3D was, then I think it'll still be well worth it. Just would like to hear a definite answer from the company on the issue. Just please don't let this be another Daikatana.

And what about bringing back Lo Wang. He was just as fun and hilarious, if not more so, than Duke was.

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LegioN
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 5:16:24 AM
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it really is a big joke that is fueled by the media, nobody seems to get that though...

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FLYING_APE
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 5:35:17 AM
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no comment

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Scarecrow
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 6:27:48 AM
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*edits first comment*

I meant the second Duke Nukem for ps1 lol

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firehahahahaha
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 8:34:38 AM
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I always remember playing Duke Nukem on the N64. Now that was a fun game. It would be really cool if this game does actualy come out...

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LightShow
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 10:31:02 AM
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DNF goes with FFvXIII and PS Home.

anticipate a 2020 release, then be pleasantly suprised IF it comes out by then...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 11:13:14 AM

Hardly. I can tell you Home should most certainly be out this month in open beta form, and FFXIII - while it may take a while - DOES exist and will most certainly release.

Not in the same category as DNF at all...

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LightShow
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 5:17:49 PM

well, maybe not quite, but the point remains. I'm not waiting with bated breath...

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Joe_III
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 11:40:10 AM
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yeah, DNF has been vaporware since I was a kid...it's like what? 13 years now?

Whatever, it's going to come sooner or later. I mean, what have their last games been? Prey and XLA remakes...they gotta be working on something over there...right? Right???

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CaptRon
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 12:31:23 PM
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DNF will come out I think within in a year too. Cant wait to give the stripper a fifty and see so high res boobies :)

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tlpn99
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 1:16:57 PM
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I liked Duke Nukem 3D on the pc, this was where I came across his 4 famous quotes, 1) Its time to kick A** and chew bubble gum and im all outta gum. 2) Hail To the King, baby (did he say baby I cant remember that bit lol) 3) Its you and me now you one eyed freak. 4) Im gonna rip your head off and S*** down your neck, he did this and then proceeded to pull out a newspaper whilst whistling. That made me laugh.
If it comes out, it comes out. If it doesn't there are plenty of better games out there lol

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shaydey77
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 1:27:01 PM
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ill just stick to real games.BTW why is their a picture of Vin Diesel at the top of this page?I guess theres gonna be a movie with this game.

Last edited by shaydey77 on 11/10/2008 1:28:14 PM

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Reccaman18
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 2:38:25 PM

That is one of the supposed screen shots from the game.

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Joe_III
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 3:00:46 PM

Actually, it's a frame from the latest promo trailer iirc.

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coverton341
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 2:43:13 PM
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Does no one remeber bruce cambel???

Hail to the king, baby started with that brilliant man there.

any way I agree that this game if it actually exists and ever comes out will be so politically correctly watery that who the F*ck is gonna want to play it anyway. there is no way in this highly politcal climate that we live in now and days that they can produce a good quality true to form DN game without 7 or 8 special interest groups having a sh*t fit.

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Nasty80
Monday, November 10, 2008 @ 6:07:27 PM
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Duke Nukem 3D was fun! It would be cool if the new is released b4 im dead!

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Nerull
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 @ 8:38:25 PM
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I'd be more excited for a new Bruce Cambel flick, it has about the same chance of fruition. That line about kicking a** and bubble gum is damn good tho.

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Lordnicon
Saturday, November 15, 2008 @ 12:17:55 PM
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LOL @ tlpn99. Come on, I was in the strip club half the time giving strippers money lol. "Shake it BABY!", "You wanna dance?". I played the crap out of DN3D. The sequels to that I wasnt superbly keen on. I just couldnt play it on anything but the pc.

Although DNF is a terrible terrible joke, I would love it if they just let ideas boil for 10 years and brought out the most vulgar, violent, and hilarious DN ever. I guess im just a little bit of a fanboy *shrugs*.

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CptGreedle
Monday, November 17, 2008 @ 11:56:18 AM
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This title is so old now with nothing new, I think any hype about it is just that it IS vaporware. No one expects it to be any good IF it ever comes out.
If they don't want to have bad sales, they should change the name to something else by now. No one will buy a game that has been in development for 11 years, when most new gamers now do not even know what Duke Nukem is anymore. I mean, the last Nukem game came out in 1996!!

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