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Duke Nukem Forever delayed until June

Gearbox Software has announced that Duke Nukem's return to glory has been put in a hole and won't emerge until June...

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It would appear that Duke is going to take a few extra strides during his long walk to retail. Gearbox Software announced that Duke Nukem Forever has once again been hit with delays and will now arrive on June 10 internationally and June 14 in North America.

Gearbox had previously promised Duke's return would occur on May 3.

A reason for the delay was not given; however, Gearbox took a moment to release a video poking fun at itself for adding to the Duke delay drama.

Duke Nukem Forever first began its development odyssey in April 1997, when the now dismantled developer 3D Realms announced the title's existence. A winding--nearly fourteen year long--road filled with leaks, lawsuits, and ladies later and Duke Nukem Forever has still eluded release.

Since we've played the game a number of times recently and have heard the fine folks at Gearbox pound their chest about its epic arrival on a number of occasions, we're going to assume this most recent delay is purely a business decision and not part of some elaborate gag to break the hearts of the waiting Shacknews community.

From The Chatty

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    March 24, 2011 4:30 AM

    Comment on Duke Nukem Forever delayed until June, by Xav de Matos.

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      March 24, 2011 4:33 AM

      Hahahahahaha this is a joke right?

      Yeah whatever, call me when the game exists.

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      March 24, 2011 4:33 AM

      lol

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      March 24, 2011 4:34 AM

      SUMMARY: Gearbox announces that Duke Nukem Forever has been delayed... we honestly didn't see that coming!

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      March 24, 2011 4:34 AM

      Lol

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      March 24, 2011 4:36 AM

      I was expecting this. Not in a HAHA DNF is delayed again way but more of, May's release schedule was looking really crowded and I don't think DNF was going to perform well.

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        March 24, 2011 4:48 AM

        Yeah, seems to be more of a marketing move. When does L.A. Noire comes out? April 19, 20, something, right?

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          March 24, 2011 4:52 AM

          May 17th, same day as Brink. I will be dropping a load of money that day.

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            March 24, 2011 4:54 AM

            Oh, Brink comes out the same day as L.A. Noire? Hmmm, uh oh.

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              March 24, 2011 4:57 AM

              It's almost as bad as when Mass Effect came out the same day as Rock Band. Once again I emptied my bank account to get both of those on release day.

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          March 24, 2011 4:58 AM

          Coming out may:
          LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
          L.A. Noire
          Brink
          Dirt 3
          FEAR 3
          Dungeon Siege III
          Red Faction: Armageddon
          Hunted: Demon's Forge
          And about 6 movie tie in titles of questionable quality like Thor, Captain America, Green Lantern, etc etc

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      March 24, 2011 4:36 AM

      Won't someone please think of the dognose!

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      March 24, 2011 4:36 AM

      perhaps I'll have a good deus ex sequel before DNF. weird place, this universe!

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      March 24, 2011 4:37 AM

      I almost spit out my coffee laughing.

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      March 24, 2011 4:37 AM

      Same shit different year.

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        March 24, 2011 5:29 AM

        They're working on DLC that's actually in the game, but you have to unlock with a separate purchase. Takes a little extra time to accomplish.

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      March 24, 2011 4:37 AM

      LOL

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      March 24, 2011 4:39 AM

      Funny on many levels.

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      March 24, 2011 4:39 AM

      June 10 internationally and June 14 in North America...interesting.

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      March 24, 2011 4:41 AM

      Effing LOL!

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      March 24, 2011 4:43 AM

      They had to...at least once. Just to stay with tradition. Good for them.

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      March 24, 2011 4:44 AM

      HAHAHAHAHA

      I bet Steve planned this.

      "There's this guy called 'Dognose' on this website I used to run. It'd be really funny to see what he'd do if we announce one date, then later on, announce that we've delayed it by a month. Trust me, he'd love it!"

    • gmd
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      March 24, 2011 4:45 AM

      international first? WHAT

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        March 24, 2011 4:48 AM

        IN YOUR FACE USA!

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        March 24, 2011 4:49 AM

        BOOYA!

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        March 24, 2011 4:54 AM

        Awww yeah!

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        March 24, 2011 5:03 AM

        YES BIATCH!

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        March 24, 2011 5:07 AM

        Duke prefers the foreign ladies.

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        March 24, 2011 6:03 AM

        4 solid days to pirate it more like it!

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          March 24, 2011 6:11 AM

          It actually might get pirated less being launched overseas first.

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            March 24, 2011 6:30 AM

            How does that logic work?

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              March 24, 2011 6:37 AM

              Most pirating happens over seas, if it's available there first it might actually decrease the number of games pirated because it's purchasable immediately.

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                March 24, 2011 6:58 AM

                Most pirating happens over seas, specifically boats

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                  March 24, 2011 11:05 AM

                  As a pirate of the seven seas, I can confirm this.

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                  March 24, 2011 3:14 PM

                  The Flying Dutchman?

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        March 24, 2011 7:45 AM

        dognose just announced plans to move to europe

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        March 24, 2011 9:10 AM

        USA is not dominate?! :(

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      March 24, 2011 4:45 AM

      I swear to god, even though I shouldn't.

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      March 24, 2011 4:46 AM

      As funny as it may be, I loved the video. Nice way of handling the marketing side, even if it doesn't say much. Props to 2K and Gearbox.

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      March 24, 2011 4:48 AM

      Video announcement http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6fFKkmIrWM

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      March 24, 2011 4:49 AM

      Oh FFS.

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      March 24, 2011 4:49 AM

      Son of a bitch, and I'm on holiday on June 10th, motherfuckers!

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      March 24, 2011 4:51 AM

      Been saying it all along: I'll believe the game exists when it's on my computer and I've played it.

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        March 24, 2011 10:15 AM

        Considering how many people here have played it, your stance is kind of retarded now.

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          March 24, 2011 1:49 PM

          People here have played a portion of a full game. People at game conventions have played a portion of a full game. Portions of Duke Nukem Forever have been available to play potentially for over a decade as assets have existed for that game now on multiple engines. The only thing that's changed is there's now a developer behind it who has recently released other titles, thus giving credibility to the idea that the game is nearing release.

          My comment was not meant as an antagonizing one, but more one of expressing further exasperation over as we're all aware the ultimate in delayed titles.

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      March 24, 2011 4:52 AM

      Are you fucking serious? Make this groundhog day end already!

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      March 24, 2011 4:53 AM

      it's dead jim

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      March 24, 2011 4:56 AM

      ...and so it begins.

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      March 24, 2011 4:58 AM

      Uh-oh. With Duke history this is a very bad move.... :/

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      March 24, 2011 5:00 AM

      They should have announced the delay next week on the 1st.

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      March 24, 2011 5:01 AM

      I think we can all blame silent prophet for this:

      http://www.shacknews.com/article/67483/morning-discussion?id=25243472#itemanchor_25243472

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        March 24, 2011 5:16 AM

        C'mon now. That was like shooting fish in a barrel.

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      March 24, 2011 5:02 AM

      i dont know what to say...

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      March 24, 2011 5:04 AM

      They should make it up to the fans by releasing a goddamn demo.

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        March 24, 2011 5:06 AM

        That is what they should have done, release the demo, put the new release dates in the demo and wait for everyone to notice.

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          March 24, 2011 5:10 AM

          That would have been good.

          I think they're going to announce they've gone gold on 4/1 and maybe that's when they'll release the demo as well.

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          March 24, 2011 5:11 AM

          I think they're worried the demo will hurt sales. Either that or they're trying to do an old school beefy awesome demo. Oh I wish I knew whether it was excitement or fear in their hearts.

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            March 24, 2011 5:33 AM

            Yeah I really do not see how a demo could help sales at all at this point.

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        March 24, 2011 5:40 AM

        *paging dahanese*

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        March 24, 2011 5:58 AM

        Why release a demo at this stage in the game? It's surviving on pure hype alone and no matter how good or bad it is, the press is probably going to rip it apart because it's not a call of duty game.

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        March 24, 2011 8:48 AM

        fucking signed.

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        March 24, 2011 4:04 PM

        "make it up to the fans", what is this a music tour?

        "Sorry we couldn't play Cleveland, folks. You can redeem your ticket for a limited edition pendant."

        Anything you get for free will be after you paid the price of admission.

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      March 24, 2011 5:08 AM

      Comedy gold.

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      March 24, 2011 5:09 AM

      OH NO DELAYED AM MONTH. Meh, we've waited this long.

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      March 24, 2011 5:14 AM

      They're going to port it to this newfangled Crysis Tech 3. Should only take a few months - tops.

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      March 24, 2011 5:16 AM

      Without a demo, who cares anymore.

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        March 24, 2011 5:21 AM

        After fourteen years... this is the line? DEMO OR GTFO.

        LOL.

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          March 24, 2011 5:22 AM

          yes, because EVERYTHING else is filtered through their PR machine.

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            March 24, 2011 5:27 AM

            I'm not sure but are you implying they don't want people to play it before launch?

            If so: It was at PAX East.

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              March 24, 2011 5:32 AM

              Not at all (but who knows..)

              I am saying without a released demo, all the rest is hype. Gearbox is knows for over-promising and under-delivering recently.

              And I don't really consider something like a trade-floor demo to be a "public' demo.


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              March 24, 2011 6:58 AM

              And PAX Prime six months ago! You know... where they first announced it? It was awesome.

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                March 24, 2011 1:37 PM

                LOL when they first announced it.

                When they first announced it I was 14.

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            March 24, 2011 5:30 AM

            pr machine = shacknews right?

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              March 24, 2011 5:33 AM

              at some level, sure.

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              March 24, 2011 5:41 AM

              It's all part of the plan.

              Steve Gibson was one of the front line agents in the great FPS wars of '96 and his front was his website. Originally a liason of the Quake side, he eventually switched sides and was one of Duke Nukem's main generals, thus the name change of the site.

              Once that battle was over he was honorably discharged and went on to the private sector where he turned that website, which was once his disguise, into a multimedia empire worth an undisclosed sum of money. The war was over - for now - and Duke Nukem no longer needed him.

              But then things didn't go well. Duke hit increasingly hard times until his allies started leaving him and eventually hit rock bottom. He called on Steve, the one man he could count on back in the day.

              Steve was comfortable in his retired life, but when Duke Nukem calls, you have to answer. Shacknews woke one morning afternoon to discover Steve was gone, the site was now in someone else's hands, and he was back on the frontlines. This time, it was time to end this thing once and for all.

              Shacknews was made for this. Gibson, Bergman, Tobey, this is their quest. Their purpose. Their finest hour. They will suffer setbacks but they must not fail.

              The fate of the gaming world is in their hands.

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                March 24, 2011 5:43 AM

                Can we start calling her Tobey?

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                March 24, 2011 5:48 AM

                Don't act like you forgot about Dre.

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                  March 24, 2011 5:48 AM

                  misreply'd :(

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                  March 24, 2011 5:58 AM

                  Don't worry, no one noticed, Chris - It fits fine!

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                  March 24, 2011 6:24 AM

                  Who are you? Are you new here?

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                    March 24, 2011 7:37 AM

                    I can't tell either. Damn this lack of profiles!

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              March 24, 2011 6:16 AM

              I just don't subscribe to the knee-jerk reaction of "it must suck because what I've seen doesn't fit with my immediate expectations."

              I prefer to, you know, actually play the whole thing before I form an opinion... but I'm old school.

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                March 24, 2011 7:33 AM

                lol, old school = Someone of rational thought, these days, huh? :P

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              March 24, 2011 9:14 PM

              After reading the DA2 review you can't be too sure...

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          March 24, 2011 7:51 AM

          uh, did you forget that gearbox promised folks who were stupid enough to purchase the GOTY borderlands a demo before the game came out?

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      March 24, 2011 5:18 AM

      I love it that they made a video. Randy I'm not mad now, because you did a cool video. :D

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      March 24, 2011 5:20 AM

      Dognose must have some sort of automated smelling salts dispenser around his neck..poor guy.

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      March 24, 2011 5:21 AM

      I bet they're just trolling us and it's really going to come out on April 1st.

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      March 24, 2011 5:26 AM

      A little disappointing, but worth a few lols.

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      March 24, 2011 5:35 AM

      LOL

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      March 24, 2011 5:39 AM

      NO!!!!!!!!!!

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      March 24, 2011 5:42 AM

      this made me smile and then laugh. Really, I cant wait to play it - but at this point I don't really care when that is going to happen. They handled this delay just right :D

      At this point there is nothing to lose. The game is going to be all win.

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      March 24, 2011 5:45 AM

      LOL

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      March 24, 2011 5:47 AM

      you can't help but laugh at this

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      March 24, 2011 5:49 AM

      bahahahahahaha

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      March 24, 2011 5:50 AM

      Nothing to see here folks. Please move along.

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        March 24, 2011 5:51 AM

        I hope gearbox did this so the shack and forums like it would make 500 post threads where people laugh and complain and then release it on april fools anyway. (The only day DNF should be released)

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      March 24, 2011 5:53 AM

      I laughed out loud for reals at the end and got some strange looks in the office

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      March 24, 2011 5:55 AM

      Good, hopefully they will fix the gaping framerate problems :(

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        March 24, 2011 6:02 AM

        monsieur pancake, please explain.

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          March 24, 2011 6:22 AM

          Pretty straight forward no?

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            March 24, 2011 6:23 AM

            I've been avoiding all media about the game, so I have no clue.

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              March 24, 2011 6:30 AM

              360 version has massive FPS issues and control issues. At least the PAX build did. I died twice due to framerate drops zoomed in with the shotgun. Let alone trying to have accurate shooting while iron sighting and the crosshair moves 5ft with a minor touch of the analog stick.

              Oh yeah, load times are pretty lol :(

              I hope the PC version is better but this delay is much needed for at least the 360 version.

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                March 24, 2011 2:32 PM

                PC version of the demo didn't have any fps performance problems, but i have no idea what kind of computer I was playing on. Load times were pretty crummy, but that's not really unexpected for an unfinished game. Looking forward to seeing how it performs when it's released.

    • DM7
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      March 24, 2011 5:56 AM

      This made me laugh. :D

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      March 24, 2011 6:02 AM

      Quick, delay Shackcon!!!

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      March 24, 2011 6:03 AM

      hahahaha

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      March 24, 2011 6:05 AM

      It's a month... it's not a big deal. Last time it was delayed like 6 months or a years at a time to switch engines. A month is a 'normal' delay. But that is a really tough announcement to make for them though based on the history of the game. I think they handled it as well as they could considering.

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      March 24, 2011 6:09 AM

      loooooooooooooooooool how could we have been so blind ???

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        March 24, 2011 6:13 AM

        I dont really doubt its going to happen at this point... but I can think on further delays. Maybe end of summer. Or christmas. But it will happen.

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      March 24, 2011 6:13 AM

      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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      March 24, 2011 6:13 AM

      If I ran the company that took over this game, I'd probably have a shortlist of things that must be done.. I have a feeling it would look something like...

      1. Don't fucking miss the release date.
      2. Everything thing fucking else.

      FFS

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        March 24, 2011 6:15 AM

        Maybe if they stopped showboating the demo around various game conventions, they would have time to work on the game!

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          March 24, 2011 6:18 AM

          owned!

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          March 24, 2011 6:33 AM

          because all the devs are at all the game conventions?

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      March 24, 2011 6:13 AM

      It's pretty damn funny but a good marketing move. Also DEMO wtf.

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        March 24, 2011 6:17 AM

        It's funny but i'd argue that it's an bad marketing move, unless they really need to fix bugs or polish.

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          March 24, 2011 6:57 AM

          I personally believe it's good because May 3rd they're competing with MANY more games as opposed to the June release date which will be rather minor in comparison.

          Also the movie release list in May is pretty awesome too so they'd be competing with that as well.

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          March 24, 2011 8:41 AM

          I'd wager they have a fucking shitton of things to fix and improve.

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            March 24, 2011 9:49 AM

            Better to roll out a quality product late than a pile of shit. It's the idea that they'd do it as a marketing move that doesn't seem right to me.

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      March 24, 2011 6:14 AM

      I feel bad for them. Hopefully the product transcends any shortcomings or bad energy all these delays have caused. I always prefered the Quake series but am looking forward to this.

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      March 24, 2011 6:17 AM

      Obvious much? Hopefully to add more polish would be the reason. Not impressed with what I've seen so far.

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      March 24, 2011 6:17 AM

      June of what year?

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      March 24, 2011 6:21 AM

      I fucking jinxed it with my 6 weeks! post

      I almost crashed my car this morning on the tappenzee bridge trying to watch the video in the email they sent out

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        March 24, 2011 8:51 AM

        haha.. sorry man.. I actually thought about your recent post when I saw the announcement.


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        March 24, 2011 9:07 AM

        my thoughts exactly, I HATE YOU >:(

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      March 24, 2011 6:22 AM

      This is great news. This is the first game I plan on buying day one in a long time.

      Last full price retail game I bought was Aliens Vs Predator (3) and it was damn disappointing. The game lacked a complete polish, the devs just wanted it out there so they could make money and get working on a DLC. I am yet to finish the game but almost feel obligated to.

      This is the last chance video game industry. If this is a $60 crapper not worth even finishing then it will be the last game I buy until Half Life 3. (then the next oblivion)

      And a release internationally before the US? Why don't they just email me a torrent link to make it more of a incentive to download it. I am now debating with myself on whether to buy it or not. (especially when I can download it quicker than waiting for some shitty game store to open, save on the gas and bullshit involved)

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      March 24, 2011 6:23 AM

      Is this the biggest shacktroll ever?

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        March 25, 2011 7:31 AM

        No, best.

        Real post though, true story. I guess I can see how you would get some trollness from it, but the post is nothing but true.

        Games have come out with such shit quality and the concept of DLC offends me to the core. Im still waiting for a killer game to come out which would constitute buying a console.

        Red Dead Redemption is almost doing it, but video games of today are in a sorry state.

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      March 24, 2011 6:26 AM

      I'm predicting a 73 average rating on Metacritic.

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      March 24, 2011 6:27 AM

      Hehehee! Stupid.

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      March 24, 2011 6:27 AM

      June of what year ??

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      March 24, 2011 6:27 AM

      Duke Nukem Forever more like Duke Nukem Fornever hahahahahahah

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        March 24, 2011 10:36 AM

        Damn bro that's so funny..did you come up with that all by yourself? I never would have though of putting an 'n' in forever to make it sound like it's never coming..what a good one!

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      March 24, 2011 6:29 AM

      nice! hahaha

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      March 24, 2011 6:35 AM

      faylor from the dnf

      It's not a joke. This is not something we would joke about.

      We have a commitment to our fans to get the game out as early as possible and every day counts. New games are available on Tuesday in North America so we’re getting the game out as early as possible in this territory. The international markets do not adhere to this release timing, and it just happens that they will be able to release the game a few days before North America. We don't want to hold it back, we want to get it into the hands of consumers as soon as possible.

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      March 24, 2011 6:36 AM

      Hahah

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      March 24, 2011 6:37 AM

      Haha this game is going to kill Gearbox now.

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      March 24, 2011 6:37 AM

      This is terrible news but I hope the demo is going to be on time. Randy that smug ... but hey it was kind of amusing.

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      March 24, 2011 6:38 AM

      Is GeorgeB3DR working there now?

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      March 24, 2011 6:46 AM

      Who didn't expect this? It's so weird that they announced it without it being ready for release like the next week or so.

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      March 24, 2011 6:46 AM

      Paging EricZBA

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        March 24, 2011 6:53 AM

        I got the First Access Club email with Randy's video this morning announcing it :*(


        Gearbox must have heard I am moving to Dallas on Sunday and delayed the game to allow extra time for my input.

    • gmd
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      March 24, 2011 6:47 AM

      Dahanese lied, shacknews cried.

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        March 24, 2011 6:51 AM

        Yeah where is she?!

        paging Dahanese!

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          March 24, 2011 7:56 AM

          sup.

          • gmd
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            March 24, 2011 8:00 AM

            Update: still crying.

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              March 24, 2011 8:06 AM

              i've been up since 4. lemme get some more coffee and then i'll come give you a hug. k?

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      March 24, 2011 6:48 AM

      What a surprise... didn't see this coming...

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      March 24, 2011 6:53 AM

      Oh ffs.

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      March 24, 2011 6:53 AM

      THIS IS THE WORST! >:(

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      March 24, 2011 6:56 AM

      LOL WTF This game will never come out.

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      March 24, 2011 6:58 AM

      ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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      March 24, 2011 7:00 AM

      HA....ha. Oh wait, now I'm sad.

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      March 24, 2011 7:03 AM

      This is the most entertaining stuff I've had from Duke Nukem in years! Seriously if it were any other game I'd be a little peeved but with DNF it just feels right.

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      March 24, 2011 7:06 AM

      Anyone interested in started a squares for DNF actual release date? 5 bucks to get in!

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      March 24, 2011 7:07 AM

      ohh man.. what a great way to announce it.. the guys at Gearbox sure have a sense of humour.. and i LIKE it !!!

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      March 24, 2011 7:13 AM

      haha this is never coming out

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      March 24, 2011 7:15 AM

      I'm going back to bed

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      March 24, 2011 7:16 AM

      It's only a month, and let's be honest: it's funny. Gearbox knows it and they're taking the delay in stride.

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      March 24, 2011 7:19 AM

      I stopped caring back in like 1998

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        March 24, 2011 7:34 AM

        i stopped caring even before duke nukem was invented. actually my mom stopped caring for me even before i was born, just to not care a little bit longer!

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          March 24, 2011 7:45 AM

          I stopped caring when Quake was released.

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      March 24, 2011 7:29 AM

      I agree with Volatus. Duke Nukem Forever is the biggest fucking troll in history.

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      March 24, 2011 7:29 AM

      no amount of delays will make the game good so who cares

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      March 24, 2011 7:30 AM

      I think the "Beat us up at www.dukenukemforever.com" at the end was a nice touch

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      March 24, 2011 7:31 AM

      looooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

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      March 24, 2011 7:35 AM

      LOL :) good vid, I suppose it only means it going to get more polish so I am fine with a month delay.

      Its not like there is no good games released this and month, April and May.

      Really eh what ever.

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        March 24, 2011 8:44 AM

        there are notes of sadness even in a valcan post here. shame.

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      March 24, 2011 7:38 AM

      -_-

      /facepalm

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      March 24, 2011 7:43 AM

      What the fuck is this shit? WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT?

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      March 24, 2011 7:48 AM

      hahahaha holy shitfuck.

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      March 24, 2011 7:49 AM

      It's gonna own.

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      March 24, 2011 7:51 AM

      Is one month really a big deal??

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      March 24, 2011 7:53 AM

      In Duke relative delay time this is the blink of an eye

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      March 24, 2011 7:57 AM

      I wouldn't have it any other way. I thought it was April 1st at first lol.

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      March 24, 2011 8:05 AM

      oh wow..I don't even know what to say really.

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      March 24, 2011 8:10 AM

      It's gonna be SO good.

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      March 24, 2011 8:12 AM

      Maybe they're delaying the game so they can include that DNF mousepad that we all want?

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      March 24, 2011 8:14 AM

      I better hurry up and pre order it before it gets delayed again.

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      March 24, 2011 8:14 AM

      Speechless...

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      March 24, 2011 8:14 AM

      Can't wait till this POS bombs so we can quit talking about it.

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        March 24, 2011 8:17 AM

        If it bombs do you thing we will stop talking about it? No, it will evolve into another joke, a 3rd generation meme will be born and we will all be it's bitches.

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          March 24, 2011 3:06 PM

          "Duke Nukem is going to make you his bitch"

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      March 24, 2011 8:14 AM

      Steam unlock: April 1st!

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      March 24, 2011 8:15 AM

      It's all our fault!! It's actually ready right now, but Dahanese delayed it to align it with ShackCon.

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        March 24, 2011 8:18 AM

        This was my first thought as well

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        March 24, 2011 8:20 AM

        Oh wow your right, damn I wish I was going. DUKE IN THE DESERT!

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      March 24, 2011 8:20 AM

      this is weird, i thought bullet storm had been out ages, huh

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      March 24, 2011 8:20 AM

      An extra month doesn't bother me and I thought the video was very funny.

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        March 24, 2011 8:24 AM

        I agree. What's one more month after 12 years? Besides, a video like that was well played.

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      March 24, 2011 8:21 AM

      As I said on GFAQ's - Something in the back of my mind isn't buying it. Could be a marketing ploy. April 1st is next Friday. The fact it is being released internationally June 10th with a June 14th release date in the US is somewhat odd.

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      March 24, 2011 8:23 AM

      it's just a little late, it's still good! It's still good!

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      March 24, 2011 8:25 AM

      And the list of companies associated with this laughing stock of a game keeps getting bigger.

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        March 24, 2011 8:25 AM

        "Read my lips, no new taxes!"

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      March 24, 2011 8:35 AM

      fucking classic. hahaha

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      March 24, 2011 8:38 AM

      /faceplam Seriously, that's all I can offer here. It's gone beyond ridiculous. I smell another Daikatana.

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      March 24, 2011 8:42 AM

      Is it being delayed for PC Optimization?

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        March 24, 2011 8:44 AM

        yes they need to optimize the way they are porting the console version onto the pc

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          March 24, 2011 9:08 AM

          How can you hate on your namesake? It'd be like if deathofrats became an advocate for no-kill rat traps.

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      March 24, 2011 8:48 AM

      HAHAHAHAHAH! I'm Not laughing at the trailer.

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      March 24, 2011 8:49 AM

      i was thinking about getting this or deus ex, guess i'll get deus ex. lol.

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      March 24, 2011 8:53 AM

      OH MY GOD IT'S BEEN DELAYED A MONTH

      EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE

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        March 24, 2011 9:13 AM

        isn't it like 10 years and one month now?

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          March 24, 2011 9:18 AM

          DOn't you get it? It's another MONTH.

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            March 24, 2011 9:24 AM

            seriously though, crustar's head might fucking explode

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              March 24, 2011 10:37 AM

              I have tried to be patient, D -> Port. :[

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                March 24, 2011 3:12 PM

                If there is no mousepad on release day I will look to the south for the explosion. It will be both sad and awesome to behold.

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      March 24, 2011 8:57 AM

      I've been waiting long enough for it that an extra month or so doesn't worry me - can't wait for it to come out, I really hope it kicks ass :)

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      March 24, 2011 8:57 AM

      lol

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      March 24, 2011 9:04 AM

      lol

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      March 24, 2011 9:09 AM

      on the bright side, the nushack will be fixed by then and the gold thread will be epic

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      March 24, 2011 9:10 AM

      IT BEGINS!

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      March 24, 2011 9:11 AM

      I... wow. Unreal.

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        March 24, 2011 9:26 AM

        I blame CliffyB, as well.

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        March 24, 2011 9:32 AM

        No, this is Duke. Unreal was released a while ago.

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          March 24, 2011 9:35 AM

          But it's based on Unreal.

          Or it was.

          My head hurts.

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            March 24, 2011 3:09 PM

            by now its probably some kind of conglomerate between 5 different engines. Unreal and Quake 2 being 2 of those.

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      March 24, 2011 9:11 AM

      THE CIRCLE IS COMPLETE

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      March 24, 2011 9:13 AM

      that video with pitchford was pretty lol though.

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      March 24, 2011 9:27 AM

      bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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      March 24, 2011 9:31 AM

      lol let's play the month/year guessing game for the next inevitable delay

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      March 24, 2011 9:33 AM

      They are due for an engine change.

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      March 24, 2011 9:37 AM

      hahaha. of course, i'm not even sure i'm excited about duke anymore. maybe when i actually get the game..

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      March 24, 2011 9:39 AM

      * FACE PALM *

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      March 24, 2011 9:39 AM

      I blame the fat lady. It's not over until she sings.

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      March 24, 2011 9:47 AM

      lol, one more delay for old time's sake.

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      March 24, 2011 9:47 AM

      Haha they moved it to my Birthday

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      March 24, 2011 9:55 AM

      That 4 day delay between the international version and the US version pretty much guarantees a ton of piracy.

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        March 24, 2011 10:11 AM

        i suspect sales are going to be a massive disappointment in any event

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        March 24, 2011 10:51 AM

        Guess what, it's going to be pirated to shit

        REGARDLESS!!

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        March 24, 2011 2:02 PM

        Yeah, I wonder what that change is for. Initially, North America was supposed to be a few days before International, now it is a few days after.

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      March 24, 2011 9:56 AM

      Vaporware

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      March 24, 2011 9:56 AM

      It merely says "June 14" on the poster. They didn't give a year...

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      March 24, 2011 10:02 AM

      Ziiiiiiinga!

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      March 24, 2011 10:05 AM

      More time for Portal 2 and Brink.

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        March 24, 2011 10:23 AM

        Why blink...when you can brink, zehh?

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      March 24, 2011 10:41 AM

      Pathetic

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      March 24, 2011 10:45 AM

      At least the video was funny.

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      March 24, 2011 11:09 AM

      Someone noticed that they left the FOV slider in the game options. Now they have to remove that, set it to 35, and push the game back through QA.

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      March 24, 2011 11:13 AM

      Funny video. Least they owned right up to it. And like someone else said, more Portal 2 time.

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      March 24, 2011 11:42 AM

      Works for me. That makes it at least one release I'm definitely interested in each month for the next 3 months.

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      March 24, 2011 11:51 AM

      GET THE FUCK OUT!!! 97 PREORDER...still on hold

      http://images.memegenerator.net/OkayGuy/File/183061/OkayGuy.jpg

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      March 24, 2011 11:56 AM

      If you don't see the humor in this. You're being stupid. LOL

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      March 24, 2011 12:06 PM

      They're using the extra month to code in the ability to hold more than two weapons. I love you, Randy.

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      March 24, 2011 12:30 PM

      it's fitting.

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      March 24, 2011 12:37 PM

      Interesting to see how many comments a game like this gets compared to other games...

      I think that says a bit about current development in the gaming industry compared to past games that are just good. ;)

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        March 24, 2011 1:25 PM

        People love watching train wrecks occur, especially when they happen in matrix bullet time over the course of 14 years.

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          March 25, 2011 1:57 PM

          Aye, but DNF is pretty much past the point where it will slam to a hault and this just appears to be QA working things over till the final release to make it more polished.

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      March 24, 2011 12:57 PM

      When it was announced that it finally had a release date, I commented on that article "I'll believe it when I have a copy of the game in my hands, about to install it on my computer."

      I stand by that position.

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      March 24, 2011 1:21 PM

      LOL
      LOL
      LOL

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      March 24, 2011 1:25 PM

      "What're ya' waitin' for... Christmas?"
      --Duke Nukem, Duke Nukem 3D

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      March 24, 2011 1:29 PM

      Anybody else thing they're possibly delaying it because of Portal 2? Portal 2 gained a ton of steam recently and I think they want to give themselves a slightly bigger gap from it's release.

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        March 24, 2011 1:39 PM

        No, Portal 2 might be a similar crowd on the PC, but there's a lot of shit dropping on the consoles in May, and Gearbox caters to that crowd.

        The only good thing that can come of this is hopefully a public demo.

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          March 24, 2011 2:11 PM

          So you think it's because of other console releases? Portal is also coming to all the consoles.

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        March 24, 2011 2:12 PM

        Portal 2...steam...hehe

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      March 24, 2011 1:33 PM

      INTERNATIONAL, BITCHES! DO YOU SPEAK IT?

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      March 24, 2011 1:37 PM

      The cycle continues lol :D.

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      March 24, 2011 1:50 PM

      :(

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      March 24, 2011 2:06 PM

      What. The. Fuck.

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      March 24, 2011 2:14 PM

      LOL. 4 days after for North America, whos the fucking retard at Gearbox that decided this?

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        March 24, 2011 2:48 PM

        Try living in Europe. This is how we feel most of the time :P

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          March 24, 2011 2:55 PM

          Exactly. Besides, Duke is spanish, FYI.

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      March 24, 2011 2:40 PM

      thats just not funny.

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      March 24, 2011 2:43 PM

      I appreciate their humor about it all. I don't care if they delay... to me that's a good thing and a sign that they care about their product more than their profit.

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      March 24, 2011 2:48 PM

      What the fuck is this shit!? I blame Gibson or Maarten dropping servers again.

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        March 24, 2011 2:51 PM

        On the outside, looking in?

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        March 24, 2011 2:55 PM

        for once its not your fault.

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        March 24, 2011 2:57 PM

        Hey George, you're still planning to do the "It's done, fuckers!" + shotgun blast upon DNF going gold, right? It won't be complete without that one.

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        March 24, 2011 3:04 PM

        you should write a novel based on the DNF production

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          March 24, 2011 3:07 PM

          Been approached. Would you buy it?

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            March 24, 2011 3:10 PM

            ^- this is relative to my interest

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            March 24, 2011 3:12 PM

            absolutely

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              March 24, 2011 3:14 PM

              Wait: what's the release date?

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            March 24, 2011 3:13 PM

            I would. I bought Master's of Doom and loved it so I sure as hell would love a behind the story book on DNF.

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            March 24, 2011 3:13 PM

            it'll be the new Masters of Doom!

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            March 24, 2011 3:14 PM

            I'd probably buy it, but you should just release it for free.

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            March 24, 2011 3:14 PM

            Yes, I would!

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            March 24, 2011 3:16 PM

            Definitely. So this was the plan all along...:)

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            March 24, 2011 3:17 PM

            Damn right I would - that's a story for the ages.

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            March 24, 2011 3:20 PM

            No doubt.

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            March 24, 2011 3:21 PM

            I definitely would.

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            March 24, 2011 3:22 PM

            Two copies, even.

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            March 24, 2011 3:23 PM

            Undoubtedly.

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            March 24, 2011 3:23 PM

            I'd have to find a way to get it autographed.

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            March 24, 2011 3:24 PM

            Only if it's called Masters of Duke

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            March 24, 2011 3:25 PM

            absolutely

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            March 24, 2011 3:25 PM

            fo show

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            March 24, 2011 3:26 PM

            Shit, I'd preorder it.

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            March 24, 2011 3:27 PM

            yep!

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            March 24, 2011 3:29 PM

            Without even reading a review.

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            March 24, 2011 3:32 PM

            I would pick that up in a heartbeat

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            March 24, 2011 3:33 PM

            Definitely. I think it would be interesting to read about what was likely a hell of a ride.

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            March 24, 2011 3:34 PM

            Definitely, looking forward to it in ten years

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            March 24, 2011 3:36 PM

            As long as it seemed like it was honest, I would definitely buy it! (needs pics)

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            March 24, 2011 3:39 PM

            nope.

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            March 24, 2011 3:41 PM

            Yes

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            March 24, 2011 3:42 PM

            I want this plus the art book combined. Seeing the background of DNF would be amazing... It's of historical import, George B.

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            March 24, 2011 3:43 PM

            Yes and every game studio should give a copy to new employees.

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            March 24, 2011 3:45 PM

            Yes.

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            March 24, 2011 3:46 PM

            Yes.

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            March 24, 2011 3:47 PM

            Ya, release it the same day as the movie based on the events. Have Zac Efron to play yourself, he'll be like what - 40 by then?

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            March 24, 2011 3:49 PM

            That interests me more than the game, George.

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            March 24, 2011 3:53 PM

            Hell yes.

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            March 24, 2011 3:54 PM

            Releasing some of the old dev builds would be awesome. Imagine playing levels from the q2 version of DNF...

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            March 24, 2011 3:57 PM

            Very likely, yes

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            March 24, 2011 4:00 PM

            Just imagine guys, it'll be released in like 2099 and we can just download it to our brains!

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            March 24, 2011 4:00 PM

            that depends, will you finish it?

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            March 24, 2011 4:03 PM

            Hell yes!!

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            March 24, 2011 4:03 PM

            Tots.

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            March 24, 2011 4:04 PM

            That would be interesting as fuck.

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            March 24, 2011 4:04 PM

            Only if it's filled with anecdotes about big tittied women and coke binges.

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            March 24, 2011 4:07 PM

            Yeah. I would also purchase a mofo'in DNF mouse pad!!!!

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            March 24, 2011 4:20 PM

            Yes I would, please make it happen.

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            March 24, 2011 4:22 PM

            So long as you don't require a deposit.

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            March 24, 2011 4:26 PM

            So long as you credit yourself as George "R.R. Martin" Broussard

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            March 24, 2011 4:28 PM

            Only if it follows the same production and release schedule as the game.

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            March 24, 2011 4:32 PM

            Assuming it was well-written, I think it'd be a pretty good story.

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            March 24, 2011 4:45 PM

            Yeah but how long is it going to take?

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            March 24, 2011 4:53 PM

            Apparently the genre is rather crowded already: http://www.slate.com/id/2191252/

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            March 24, 2011 5:10 PM

            Yes. Also do one for Prey.

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            March 24, 2011 5:20 PM

            Nope. I would rather play the game, not read about the art of failure.

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            March 24, 2011 5:28 PM

            yep, I love success stories

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            March 24, 2011 5:30 PM

            I'd pick it up.

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            March 24, 2011 5:35 PM

            I absolutely would.

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            March 24, 2011 6:12 PM

            Oh, you know it.

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            March 24, 2011 6:52 PM

            Hell the fuck YES!

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            March 24, 2011 7:28 PM

            Would it get finished :P Yes I would buy it

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            March 24, 2011 7:29 PM

            yups

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            March 24, 2011 7:34 PM

            You guys really think he'll live long enough to finish it? It took him ~12 years to quit Duke and have someone else finish it . . .

            I'd apologize George, but dognose always says: "never apologize" and quite frankly I couldn't resist



            for the record I'd read it

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            March 24, 2011 7:46 PM

            Yeah, definitely! Sign me up!

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            March 24, 2011 8:00 PM

            Add me to this love train.

            And include a DVD-ROM of old builds.

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              March 24, 2011 9:02 PM

              ^^ THIS , right fucking here

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              March 24, 2011 9:34 PM

              Hah, old builds included would even get me to buy it.

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                March 25, 2011 8:54 AM

                not gonna happen because of (as far as i remember)

                a) license issues
                b) some builds have been lost over the years

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            March 24, 2011 8:04 PM

            I'd buy it!

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            March 24, 2011 8:39 PM

            FUCK YES !

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            March 24, 2011 9:06 PM

            If you finish writing it before I die, yes I would.

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            March 24, 2011 9:33 PM

            Maybe, but I definitely wouldn't pre-order it.

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            March 24, 2011 9:36 PM

            Yes, one for myself, plus birthday presents for a year.

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            March 24, 2011 9:37 PM

            Yes

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            March 24, 2011 10:07 PM

            George, I'm not going to lie, I don't have much interest in DNF. However, I would 100% buy a copy of a book detailing what the fuck happened behind the scenes.

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            March 24, 2011 10:25 PM

            hell yeah I would

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            March 24, 2011 10:49 PM

            YES

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            March 25, 2011 12:11 AM

            haha hell yeah i would

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            March 25, 2011 2:41 AM

            Perhaps.

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            March 25, 2011 2:49 AM

            yes, definitely

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            March 25, 2011 3:32 AM

            Will you then write a book on why it took 10 years to write a book about the development of DNF?

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            March 25, 2011 3:40 AM

            If it could be honest and tell the whole story, that would be really interesting.

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            March 25, 2011 5:00 AM

            must be some kind of demotivation book.

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            March 25, 2011 9:02 PM

            No way

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            March 26, 2011 12:01 AM

            Day 1 perch!

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            March 26, 2011 5:37 PM

            I would read it. As long as it was all honest.

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            March 30, 2011 4:02 AM

            Ofcourse i would buy it. Heck, it's good for company, since it's been plagued by false information and disbelief of what the only left like 500 diehard fans who know most turths but the general public has had NO idea about DNF, they have very funny theories and popular media thinks that 2K always owned the IP rights lol.

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          March 24, 2011 6:07 PM

          Yes.

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          March 24, 2011 8:35 PM

          YES YES YES. Make it so.

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        March 24, 2011 3:15 PM

        hey george, nice that you drop by and thanks for your movie & game tips at twitter: you sir are a man of taste! (and the only reason why i use twitter hehe)

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        March 24, 2011 3:23 PM

        LOL :)

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      March 24, 2011 2:54 PM

      LOL

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      March 24, 2011 2:54 PM

      I think someone posted this already but it has to be an APRIL FOOLS Joke. They obviously cant pull off anything on the first without a setup, Hence this announcement.
      The release date in the United States (The majority of the people craving the game live here) is 4 days after the rest of the world? I dont buy it for one second. They will lose thousands of sales if not tens of thousands.

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        March 24, 2011 2:58 PM

        You are not buying it because you are not first? There is no TLA or FLA to express the level of lol I have accumulate :D

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          March 24, 2011 3:13 PM

          i lol'd!!

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          March 24, 2011 7:36 PM

          Maybe you misunderstood me. The not buying it part was referring to the date change, not the actual purchase of the game.

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        March 24, 2011 3:06 PM

        Just to spite you, no one in the entirety of the rest of the world will crack it and put it on torrents, nor will they supply a copy to anyone who would.

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        March 24, 2011 3:10 PM

        it's not an April fools joke, honestly and truly - cross my heart and hope to die. we wouldn't do that. as for the release dates - we want to get the game out to fans as early as possible. new games are available on tuesday in north america, so we're getting the game out as early as possible there. international markets don't have the same release timing so it works out that they will be able to release the game a few days before north america. we don't want to hold it back for anyone and want to get it to people as soon as possible.

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          March 24, 2011 3:52 PM

          so, why not release it in america 3 days before you release it internationally? is there something that needs to be done with that extra 3 days?

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            March 24, 2011 4:04 PM

            I'm glad. This way I can wait for the hype to settle down, watch some youtube videos, and make an informed decision all before I can physically walk down to the store and get my hands on the game.

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              March 24, 2011 7:33 PM

              Think of all the games you would have missed out on, if you used this method in the past.

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            March 24, 2011 4:06 PM

            if we could get it there sooner we would, but we can't, hence the dates. as i said, we wouldn't hold it back from anyone, which is why we're getting it to everyone as soon as possible.

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              March 24, 2011 4:27 PM

              is there anything you can tell us about why it was delayed. i understand if you cant comment.

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                March 24, 2011 4:29 PM

                there's not much else to say beyond what we've said.

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                  March 24, 2011 4:34 PM

                  fair enough. :)

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                March 24, 2011 4:34 PM

                gotta have enough time for another awesome PR blitz at a strip club

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                  March 24, 2011 4:39 PM

                  there needs to be a demo of DNF in sydney between now and june. and i think Dahanese should be there to present it.

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          March 24, 2011 4:29 PM

          who says you have to release on Tuesdays?

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            March 24, 2011 4:34 PM

            that's when the majority of stores get their shipments and we time releases to coordinate unilaterally across a territory.

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          March 24, 2011 5:09 PM

          While what you are saying makes sense, it is unfortunate because Duke Nukem was traditionally an American icon, what with all the pop culture references in Duke3d.exe as well as the fact that the character itself is based on the archetypal 1980s American action hero.

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        March 24, 2011 3:22 PM

        How much tinfoil do you use for your hats?

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          March 24, 2011 3:27 PM

          It needs to be two-ply so the chip they put in his head already can't communicate OUT nor can they communicate IN!

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          March 24, 2011 7:32 PM

          Shiny side out, Shiny side out!

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        March 24, 2011 5:34 PM

        They could do that, but you'd have to wait until 2014.

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      March 24, 2011 3:10 PM

      Whatever, I can wait another month and few days. But a demo release with this news would have greatly eased the sting.

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      March 24, 2011 3:15 PM

      Hahahahahahahahaha

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      March 24, 2011 3:25 PM

      Big surprise there.

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      March 24, 2011 3:30 PM

      Is it possible this is a big April fools joke?

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      March 24, 2011 4:23 PM

      I wish the videos wouldn't play automatically. I keep forgetting to turn the sound off... not that I should have to.

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      March 24, 2011 4:33 PM

      Since no one's said it yet: PREORDER CANCELLED! not really

      It'll just give me more time to catch up on my backlog of other games.

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      March 24, 2011 4:34 PM

      Duke Nukem June delayed forever, by Xav de Matos.

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      March 24, 2011 4:39 PM

      SHOCKING

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        March 24, 2011 4:58 PM

        "No sir. Not SHOCKING, because no one's ever going to find out they're LATE. Because you're going to spot them, and you're gonna air 'em out."

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      March 24, 2011 5:00 PM

      (cracks knuckles)

      "What are ya waitin' for? Christmas?"

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      March 24, 2011 5:09 PM

      The "this game took forever jokes" in the game aren't going to be funny anymore.

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      March 24, 2011 5:56 PM

      now they're just being nostalgic

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      March 24, 2011 6:27 PM

      Entirely appropriate. I expected no less. Still standing by for gold announcement.

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      March 24, 2011 9:05 PM

      Duke university didn't take this news very well tonight

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      March 24, 2011 9:57 PM

      They are adding the third weapon for Duke to carry.

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      March 24, 2011 10:15 PM

      lmfaooooo

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      March 24, 2011 11:26 PM

      Boom, twist!

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      March 25, 2011 3:41 AM

      At least they made a funny video about it.

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      March 25, 2011 7:14 AM

      Pitchford


      Thanks for coming to the forums and beating us up a bit over this. We asked you guys to come here and do that and we really deserve it. I am ultimately responsible for Duke now, so I deserve it. Given that we've made this mistake and it's cost everyone another several weeks of waiting, I think it's helpful for myself and for all of us to feel a little pain from that.

      I want you to know, though, that when we announced May, we believed it. Thousands and thousands of tasks and bugs have been completed since then. Each of those work items created a degree of uncertainty with our prediction. But we use our experience and the trends and data we have to guide our predictions and that gave us confidence that May was not only accurate, but had some cushion in it.

      I don't think I'm going to surprise anyone with this information, but it turns out that from a project point of view, Duke is a different beast all together. Some of our experience, it turns out, didn't turn out to help us as much as we are used to in providing accuracy with our predictions. Many of the elements of uncertainty that were rolled up in all of the unfinished work turned out to be more challenging or difficult than we were able to see at that time and too many of those points of uncertainty ended up biting us.

      So we had to make a very difficult, painful and expensive decision to shift the date by several weeks.

      When we announced May, we believed it and we felt that our fans, who have been waiting so long for this game, deserved to know what we believed. After all - by the time we announced the launch date (in January), we had gone many months since we first announced the return of Duke at PAX Prime in August of 2010. During that time, the sentiment among the most loyal
      As we got along a little more, say, the month of February, it looked like we could make it.

      And, there was a lot at stake and waffling on something like the ship date for Duke Nukem Forever isn't a good idea. So we really convinced ourselves. I convinced myself.

      But I was wrong.

      I'm sorry I was wrong.

      I'm for that I am so, so sorry.

      We're doing the best we can. Our mission is to complete and deliver the game that all of us, Gearbox people included, have waited so long to get our hands on. This game - this legendary, unimaginably fascinating and historical game - is one that not too long ago should've been dead. It *was* dead, but not for the love of the fans and the commitment of the team that is working day and night to bring it to release.

      But it turns out that doing "the best we can" did not give us sufficient accuracy in our predictions to avoid this situation.

      So I am sorry.


      Now - what about the video?

      Once we knew the decision we had to make, we talked about how we would tell everyone.

      There were ideas about doing some kind of bit where it was going to be made out like it was Duke's fault. Some even suggested laying blame on some of the people or issues where uncertainty on the project was the highest and results caused the most variables in date predictability.

      Ultimately, I decided that:

      1) We need to own this responsibility for the delay and apologize for it, and
      2) That *I* needed to own up to this personally.

      I am now responsible for Duke Nukem now so whatever happens with this game, good or bad, is ultimately my responsibility. So I was going to own that responsibility. That was a key component of how to reveal that we missed.


      I should now explain that we have this weird kind of thing that drives most of us... I have this weird kind of thing *very* strongly - maybe too strongly.

      Here's what this weird kind of thing is: Our purpose in life is to entertain people.

      That's what drives me. I can't seem to be okay with myself unless whatever energy I have is used to help enable and provide entertainment and feelings of joy and amusement for others.

      I care about video games because, well, interactive entertainment is simply the most interesting, exciting, compelling, valuable, meaningful, impactful and important form of entertainment in the world.

      So we couldn't help ourselves. With the announcement, the video also couldn't help itself but to try to entertain you. Even though it was about me owning responsibility for the delay and about us apologizing for it and even *asking* you guys to come here and beat us up over it, there was a strong feeling that the revelation of the delay should at least attempt and hopefully succeed at providing some kind of entertainment value for you.

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        March 25, 2011 7:14 AM

        I realize that some of you feel betrayed by the date change. I'm sorry. I hope I can earn your trust back and whether I do or not I will always be working towards earning it.

        But I hope all of you trust that the goal in the video wasn't to make fun of *you*. Besides offering the information regarding the date change, the goal of the video was to make fun of *us*. The purpose in making fun of ourselves was meant to be for your amusement and entertainment. I'm glad to see that it succeeded with many of you.

        But ultimately, we screwed up and we're owning up to that. We were wrong about the date.

        I was wrong about the date.

        I'm sorry.

        Try not to take it out on the team too hard. Everyone is working their assess off to make you guys happy.

        And try not to take it out on Duke.

        You can pull your bets off of me, but ALWAYS Bet on Duke.

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      March 25, 2011 11:42 PM

      directed by m. night shyamalan

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      March 26, 2011 8:03 PM

      Lol indeed. ;D

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      March 30, 2011 8:13 AM

      The saga continues.

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      March 31, 2011 5:13 AM

      FOR OLD TIMES SAKE!