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Duke Nukem Forever gone gold [updated]

Honestly, Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold. It's probably genuinely actually sort of being released, maybe, we think. Oh, how we jest!

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[Update: 05:50] Publisher 2K has now sent out an official press release on the subject, as if that proves anything. However it does have a nice quote from 3D Realms veteran George Broussard, who wasn't exaggerating in saying, "Duke Nukem Forever and its journey to store shelves is legendary."

It's an epic tale of four game development studios that banded together and did the unthinkable and shipped the unshippable. When you play this game you will be reminded of that epic journey at every turn and in every small detail of the game. The character, attitude, interactivity, gameplay and political incorrectness combine to make a Duke Nukem game a unique gaming experience. In the timeless words of Duke Nukem it's finally time to 'Come Get Some'. Come be a part of gaming history.

[Original] Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold. No, seriously. Or so developer Gearbox Software says, at least. In theory, this means that Gearbox has discs containing the actual final version of the game and is sending them off to the manufacturers.

Yet you're still a little sceptical, aren't you?

The DNF demo is due to be released for First Access Club members on June 3, across all three platforms. Still, that'll only prove that the demo section exists, won't it?

The only way to be truly sure is to wait a few weeks for the full game, as Duke Nukem Forever is supposedly launching for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on June 14. Europe will get to find out for certain a little earlier, on June 10, but would you trust the word of a European on such an important matter? We'd happily all say we're definitely playing it for real, to yank your Yankee chain.

I'm playing Duke Nukem Forever at this very moment, in fact. Consider that a little test for you.

From The Chatty

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    May 24, 2011 5:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Duke Nukem Forever gone gold.

    Honestly, Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold. It's probably genuinely actually sort of being released, maybe, we think. Oh, how we jest!

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      May 24, 2011 5:31 AM

      This proves nothing!

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      May 24, 2011 5:33 AM

      LIES!

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      May 24, 2011 5:35 AM

      oh god Camping was right, these really are the endtimes. I REPENT!! HAVE MERCY!!!

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      May 24, 2011 5:43 AM

      it's gold

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      May 24, 2011 5:47 AM

      I never thought I'd see this day

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        May 24, 2011 10:48 AM

        Will you be donating that money now, sir?

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      May 24, 2011 5:49 AM

      I'll believe it when I see it

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        May 24, 2011 6:01 AM

        Remember that time GeorgeB posted that twitter pic of pigs flying, and everyone was freaking out because they thought DNF was going to be released, but then it turned out DNF got canceled instead? :[

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          May 24, 2011 6:05 AM

          No, he posted the pigs flying the day before the PAX where it was announced to be un-cancelled and in development at Gearbox.

          3DR closed without any warning (to the public)

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            May 24, 2011 6:09 AM

            0h, I thought he did it before it was getting cancelled. :[ It was a sad day for me and dognose.

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        May 24, 2011 6:05 AM

        If someone at Gearbox wants to set up an appointment for me the week before release, I can fly down to Dallas and personally confirm it. I'll take a yellow 5th-gen Camaro SS for a rental, please.

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      May 24, 2011 6:05 AM

      impossible is nothing, my friends.

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      May 24, 2011 6:05 AM

      OMFG

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      May 24, 2011 6:09 AM

      Posting in historic thread

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      May 24, 2011 6:10 AM

      Think I'll skip this one and wait for the sequel.

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        May 24, 2011 8:39 AM

        Or at least wait for the patch to fix the game crippling bug that you just know are going to be there.

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      May 24, 2011 6:10 AM

      A day that shall live in infamy.

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      May 24, 2011 6:12 AM

      I'll tell my grandchildren where I was at this moment

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      May 24, 2011 6:12 AM

      I won't believe it until it's in my grubby little hands.

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      May 24, 2011 6:12 AM

      Duke Nukem survived the rapture.

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      May 24, 2011 6:14 AM

      Well, that's a chapter of my life right there. Now to play the damn thing.

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      May 24, 2011 6:14 AM

      Ok guys, this is what I was asking for. So thanks to 3DR/Gearbox/2K for listening to the fans

      So Shack we have two goals for the day:

      1. An unprecedented number of posts on this topic (more than QUAKE 3 GONE GOLD)

      2. Bring the Shack down from the traffic at least once.

      Also I think the story title should be in all caps :)

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      May 24, 2011 6:16 AM

      wait. wait one fucking minute. who won O'Doyle's bet?

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      May 24, 2011 6:17 AM

      It's hard to fathom that this day has come. My mind rebels at the concept.

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      May 24, 2011 6:17 AM

      wow

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      May 24, 2011 6:17 AM

      I love you sweetpeach. (big ups to the Quake 3 Arena gone gold thread veterans!)

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      May 24, 2011 6:18 AM

      Posting in this supposedly historical thread.

      Kind of a bittersweet feeling.

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      May 24, 2011 6:18 AM

      I'm prepared

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      May 24, 2011 6:31 AM

      * G O N E G O L D ' D *

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      May 24, 2011 6:33 AM

      cool.

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      May 24, 2011 6:34 AM

      oh snap...

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      May 24, 2011 6:36 AM

      So what was the total development time, start to finish?

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        May 24, 2011 9:53 AM

        We don't know exactly when development started, but counting from the announcement of the game and assuming it went gold today and not earlier and it is just being announced now then we are talking about 14 years and 26 days.

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      May 24, 2011 6:37 AM

      Epic tale?. Hah!. If anything, this is a tale of epic ineptitude.

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      May 24, 2011 6:38 AM

      A new era has dawned. The era of Duke. Come give me some!

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      May 24, 2011 6:38 AM

      Happy DNF Gone Gold Day, frontpagers!

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      May 24, 2011 6:45 AM

      Hail to the king, baby!

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      May 24, 2011 6:47 AM

      SUPER YES!

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      May 24, 2011 6:50 AM

      We truly live in the future.

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      May 24, 2011 6:51 AM

      First Bin Laden, now DNF. Can the first DLC be Duke Nukem going in with Seal Team 6 and killing Bin Laden? That would be fitting.

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      May 24, 2011 6:51 AM

      Strippers and chitlins, here I come!

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      May 24, 2011 6:52 AM

      Dognose did not get the first post!

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      May 24, 2011 7:02 AM

      Posting in historical thread!

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      May 24, 2011 7:05 AM

      LETS ROCK!

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      May 24, 2011 7:07 AM

      Heeeeeeere we go!!!!

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      May 24, 2011 7:09 AM

      And if it's like every other game made today, there will be a day 1 patch -- making the "gold" announcement meaningless.

      Yay Duke! :)

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        May 24, 2011 7:24 AM

        I don't think you know what going gold means.

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          May 24, 2011 7:27 AM

          I don't think you know what joking around means.

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      May 24, 2011 7:11 AM

      Wow ...just ...wow. It's not even April 1st.

      * E N D O F D A Y S ' D *

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      May 24, 2011 7:19 AM

      I can't believe I'm actually reading this. Once this game is released, it will be TRULY an end of an era.

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        May 24, 2011 7:25 AM

        its almost like finding A Bridge To Far showing on TV so you can finish your thesis on the Caine-Hackman theory.

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          May 24, 2011 7:27 AM

          Seriously. What will I do with my life once that moment happens?!

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        May 24, 2011 7:26 AM

        I can just imagine...

        "Kids these days have no patience. Sonny... back when I was a lad, we waited for our video games. Why, there was this one game that took over 15 years..."

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          May 24, 2011 7:28 AM

          "We waited up hills, BOTH WAYS!..."

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        May 24, 2011 7:30 AM

        And that era will be: the end of the "when it's done" developer mentality. Even id Software has predicted ship dates now.

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          May 24, 2011 7:40 AM

          True that. It'll be a sign that the industry has finally grown up... ish ;)

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            May 24, 2011 7:50 AM

            I'd say it's more that it's just the side effect of the industry becoming a big business.

            And really the "when it's done" mentality will still live on, just not in the hands of any developer published by a corporation. Indie games and smaller developers, basically. All those games you've never heard of until Steam puts it in a daily sale.

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          May 24, 2011 9:51 AM

          There's still Valve (lol).

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      May 24, 2011 7:24 AM

      Goovy.

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      May 24, 2011 7:26 AM

      It's trending on Twitter like a star. I really have no idea what that means other than tonnes of people are posting about it. I don't use Twitter.

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      May 24, 2011 7:29 AM

      I was 15 when the game was first announced. Its a return to my adolescence.

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      May 24, 2011 7:33 AM

      NBA Elite 11 went gold too. I'll believe it when I see it on store shelves.

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      May 24, 2011 7:34 AM

      It's like a dream come to life.

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      May 24, 2011 7:38 AM

      well i'll be dipped in shit

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      May 24, 2011 7:40 AM

      who would have guessed when this day came we'd be replying to a robopost?

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      May 24, 2011 7:41 AM

      I still remember my issue of PC Accelerator with a single screenshot of the "farmer guy" in the new Unreal engine they were using. I thought it was the coolest shit.

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      May 24, 2011 7:41 AM

      I will get excited when dognose tells me to get excited.

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      May 24, 2011 7:52 AM

      All of you who ever said this day would never happen: raise your hand. *raises hand*

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      May 24, 2011 7:54 AM

      Repent NOW, ye SINNERS! The end of times is UPON us!

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      May 24, 2011 7:57 AM

      Well that was fast

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      May 24, 2011 8:01 AM

      I don't think we'll get this thread to be as large as the Quake 3 Arena thread. Sigh.

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      May 24, 2011 8:01 AM

      i am excite.

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      May 24, 2011 8:02 AM

      Coming back to post in epic thread.

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      May 24, 2011 8:03 AM

      Damn son.

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      May 24, 2011 8:08 AM

      * N E V E R T H O U G H T I ' D S E E T H E D A Y ' D

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      May 24, 2011 8:10 AM

      Whaaaa?

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      May 24, 2011 8:12 AM

      I attribute this 100% to zombo.com

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      May 24, 2011 8:30 AM

      I remember when I expected to first read about this on gonegold.com.

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      May 24, 2011 8:35 AM

      Worth a repeat: http://duke.a-13.net/

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      May 24, 2011 8:36 AM

      Is anyone else still on the fence about pre-ordering or getting this on day one? Originally this was going to be a day one purchase but now I'm not sure what to do.

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        May 24, 2011 8:43 AM

        You are crazy.

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        May 24, 2011 8:44 AM

        I'll get it anyway, if only to see what the hell they've come up with and slapped the DNF name on. I have doubts I'll honestly play it much.

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        May 24, 2011 8:44 AM

        In my opinion - if you're on the fence about the game (as in, you would consider buying it, have the funds, etc.) you should just go ahead and buy the thing. Preorder on Steam if you're so inclined to save a few bucks.

        If the game sucks or you hate it then at least you'll have something to talk about in the days/weeks following it.

        Of course, there's a demo coming so you could just check that out first (although, I'm not sure when non-FAC members get it)

        You could do the following:

        1. Pre-order the game with $10 cash at a GameStop
        2. Get FAC access code
        3. Download demo
        4. If you like it, purchase the game when it's released (retail copies still work through Steam since it uses Steamworks)
        5. If you hate it, go cancel your preorder and get your $10 back (I assume this still works)

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          May 24, 2011 9:18 AM

          If the game was still coming out from 3D Realms it'd be a done deal for me. And that's sort of why I'm on the the fence, since the core game was still done by them and the final polishing by 2k/Gearbox. Their post-launch game support has been pretty lackluster imo (on PC at least), and it's not something I really want to continue supporting. But on the other hand.....it's the Duke!!!!!

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          May 24, 2011 9:19 AM

          Can you cancel a pre-order on Steam? I am in the FAC so I'll definitely be checking out the demo.

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        May 24, 2011 9:21 AM

        waiting for steam sale

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      May 24, 2011 8:43 AM

      The headline is supposed to be GONE GOLD! :( References: http://www.shacknews.com/search?q=gone+gold

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        May 24, 2011 8:46 AM

        Are you suggesting that I allow Gearbox Software head of marketing Steve Gibson to dictate our approach to Duke Nukem Forever coverage?

        Shame on you. Shame on you!

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          May 24, 2011 8:49 AM

          I'm surprised you didn't let Steve guest post the article, for old times' sake.

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            May 24, 2011 8:50 AM

            Are you genuinely surprised?

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              May 24, 2011 9:03 AM

              Well, not surprised, just a little disappointed, but I can understand why. He can still post in the thread if he gets a chance.

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                May 24, 2011 9:15 AM

                We didn't have advance notice of the announcement. I found out about the same time as everyone else.

                Hypothetically speaking, I don't have a good enough hotline to Steve to get hold of him at a moment's notice and make him instantly post something I know needs to go up on Shacknews very soon. Steve probably doesn't have a fast enough route to 2K marketing and legal to get permission to do something like that, either.

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                  May 24, 2011 9:47 AM

                  announcement was also at 7 am Steve time, 5 am me time, so we were also slightly comatose.

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                    May 24, 2011 9:56 AM

                    7am god dammit who readies a gold master at 7am?

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                      May 24, 2011 10:00 AM

                      i have woken up numerous times over the life of this campaign to do things at 5 am for Duke. he's lucky that he's so damned sexy. i wake up at 5 am for no man (but him, apparently).

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                        May 24, 2011 11:01 AM

                        I wake up for worse stuff at 2:30 AM, and it's never good news.

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                          May 24, 2011 11:32 AM

                          if i'm up at 2:30 before a launch, something is really wrong. it's the week before and after that i'm up late. these are all scheduled things.

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          May 24, 2011 9:02 AM

          What about security expert Steve Gibson?

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            May 24, 2011 9:03 AM

            He has JavaScript turned off so I doubt he can even post

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          May 24, 2011 12:28 PM

          LOL : D :D :D

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        May 24, 2011 8:46 AM

        Yes please make it all caps. This will be probably the last time a game goes "gold" so it's the last time we'll ask for it :)

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        May 24, 2011 9:47 AM

        The Shack of old is long dead, long live the Shack!

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        May 24, 2011 2:56 PM

        Hah, wow... that old Quake 3 thread brings back memories!

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      May 24, 2011 8:44 AM

      I hope it does well but I expect it to be entirely mediocre and something most people will play through once and never touch again....

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      May 24, 2011 8:44 AM

      THE RAPTURE IS UPON US!

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      May 24, 2011 8:46 AM

      once this thread would have been 5000-6000 posts long. i bet this doesn't hit 1k.

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        May 24, 2011 8:47 AM

        That's because nushack scared everyone away

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          May 24, 2011 8:48 AM

          and it's split between 2 threads

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            May 24, 2011 8:50 AM

            and its a mere formality, we knew this was coming.

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              May 24, 2011 8:52 AM

              All gold announcements are, I'm never sure why people give a shit. Until it's on the shelf it's all meaningless

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                May 24, 2011 10:01 AM

                Once upon a time, game marketing was even worse than it is now, and games sometimes got all the way to the supposed release dates before it was acknowledged that it was not ready and it was going to be delayed for a few months (which sometimes got repeated for a year or more). GONE GOLD was meaningful because it meant that the game really really was going to be on store shelves in a few weeks.

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        May 24, 2011 8:59 AM

        Are there even 1000 Shackers anymore?

        Regardless, happy to hear about DNF.

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      May 24, 2011 8:50 AM

      I hope there's something about winning three lifetime achievement awards for vaporware somewhere on the box.

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      May 24, 2011 8:51 AM

      Waaahoooooooo! Epic!

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      May 24, 2011 8:58 AM

      Where's the video with George firing a shotgun and shouting "it's done, fuckers!"?

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      May 24, 2011 9:06 AM

      aaaaaaaaaahhhhh

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      May 24, 2011 9:06 AM

      Its the Rapture!

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      May 24, 2011 9:10 AM

      Well, one more barrier to playing DNF down. Now, as long as the disk pressing factory doesn't burn down...

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        May 24, 2011 9:17 AM

        MODS NUKE THIS POST BEFORE MURPHY FINDS IT!!!!!!!!!

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      May 24, 2011 9:19 AM

      Somebody find GeorgeB3DR's "it's done" post about his pizza. Or was that lost in the crash?

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      May 24, 2011 9:23 AM

      Woohoo, I can finally move on to the next item of my life list, two chicks at once!

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      May 24, 2011 9:28 AM

      Hah. I never honestly thought this thread would happen (though I was hopeful!).

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      May 24, 2011 9:40 AM

      I've been waiting for this day for a long time, and now that it's here I'm totally underwhelmed.

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      May 24, 2011 9:42 AM

      Duke has balls of GOLD now.

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      May 24, 2011 9:44 AM

      http://www.amazon.com/Duke-Nukem-Forever-Pc/dp/B002I0JAJ2/ref=sr_1_2?s=videogames&ie=UTF8&qid=1306255296&sr=1-2

      $50! For a game that was supposed to come out nearly a decade ago? Screw that! I was all excited to play DNF, figuring Gearbox and Co. wouldn't try to pass it off as being at the same level as current games. Then they go and act like it's just another shooter (price-wise)?

      Screw. That.

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      May 24, 2011 9:46 AM

      I am surprised there are no comments from GeorgeB yet!

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        May 24, 2011 9:59 AM

        He is either passed out from joy, or busy slitting his wrists. Not sure which one.

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        May 24, 2011 10:35 AM

        I'd love to hear from Scott Miller of Radar Group. I'll bet the next iteration of Duke is under way.

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          May 24, 2011 10:38 AM

          Has Radar Group even done anything yet? Or is this yet another company that magically exists without making any products? He seems good at that.

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            May 24, 2011 10:50 AM

            Not sure about Radar Group but Apogee just published Duke Nukem: Critical Mass for the Nintendo DS apparently (although GameStop lists it as 6/14)

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Nukem_Trilogy
            http://www.shacknews.com/article/68524/video-game-release-list-523?id=25938364
            http://www.gamestop.com/ds/games/duke-nukem-critical-mass/75267

            So if I'm reading this right, a Duke Nukem game was published this week and no one cares. :(

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              May 24, 2011 10:54 AM

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_Group

              They've literally done nothing since 2007. I........wut?

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                May 24, 2011 11:40 AM

                It says they're producing Prey 2 but I know the Prey IP is owned by Bethesda now so I'm not sure what if any role they're playing anymore.

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                May 24, 2011 11:43 AM

                Well it has only existed since 2007 and since then Prey 2 was sold to ZeniMax and Earth No More was put on hold(although they recently applied for a new "Earth No More" trademark). AAA games often take 4 - 6 years to make in this day and age, so it is not that weird that they haven't released anything yet.

                But yeah they are still around and they are still working on several projects:

                "Q4) How are Radar Group's projects progressing?

                In fact, a huge one was recently announced but we are not suppose to
                say we're attached to it. Although, when it's released you'll see
                Radar's name in the credits. Plus, we're making progress on other
                key, but unannounced projects."

                Source: http://www.duke4.net/news.php?extend.449

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                  May 24, 2011 11:47 AM

                  Bold prediction - Earh no More is not released in the next 5-10 years.

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                    May 24, 2011 11:57 AM

                    Well games that are put on hold don't exactly have an excellent track record of being released, so that might well be true, but Radar Group is a continuation of the work that 3DR did with external devs and their track record in that area is significantly better than their track record with regard to DNF. It is completely unwarranted to extrapolate from DNF to any of Radar Group's projects.

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          May 24, 2011 10:45 AM

          gearbox has duke5, duke6, duke7.com all registered up already

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          May 24, 2011 10:51 AM

          Matt Chat not me did a series of 3 video interviews with Scott Miller in April"

          Part 1:
          http://www.youtube.com/user/blacklily8#p/u/4/9LWm7CBsRQQ

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      May 24, 2011 9:53 AM

      :D

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      May 24, 2011 9:54 AM

      meh

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      May 24, 2011 10:05 AM

      Where is it?

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      May 24, 2011 10:10 AM

      There were times I wondered if I'd ever see this thread. Fuck. Yeah!

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      May 24, 2011 10:19 AM

      I'm getting in on this historic gaming moment. Again.

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      May 24, 2011 10:33 AM

      We're all living in a fake reality and this is the proof!!

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      May 24, 2011 10:34 AM

      Is ......... this ...........really ..............happening?!


      Or am I just dreaming?

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      May 24, 2011 10:41 AM

      :O

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      May 24, 2011 10:53 AM

      AWWWWWWWWWWW YEEEEEEAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

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      May 24, 2011 10:54 AM

      :DDDDDDDDDDD

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      May 24, 2011 11:06 AM

      woohoo !

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      May 24, 2011 11:20 AM

      here's what you're gonna do: you're gonna fucking buy duke nukem. why? because it's duke nukem and it's been in development for fourteen years and it's the (formerly) biggest piece of vaporware in gaming history. you don't want to be part of that? you don't want to experience it, however it turned out? a measly $50 to be a part of gaming history (for better or worse).

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        May 24, 2011 11:21 AM

        lol duke nukum isn't that some old dos game

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      May 24, 2011 11:23 AM

      fuck yea finally!!

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      May 24, 2011 11:24 AM

      Hey guys, have you heard that new song by Chumbawamba? I think it's called Thubthumping or something like that, I'm downloading right now at 2.5 kb/s hope it finishes before Duke Nukem Forever is released!

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      May 24, 2011 11:24 AM

      Finally! Congratulations to all involved with this project.

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      May 24, 2011 11:37 AM

      Ok so....

      With Duke going gold, and providing it still hits store shelves, I have 1 question:

      What is going to take the #1 spot on the vaporware lists now???

      Dukes been on the top of every list since 2001. It was #2 on wired's list for 2000.

      Thoughts?

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      May 24, 2011 11:41 AM

      Historic indeed

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      May 24, 2011 11:42 AM

      We can finally put our old bones to rest.... the shack is complete

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      May 24, 2011 11:56 AM

      This makes me so happy.

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      May 24, 2011 12:09 PM

      Meh...at this point it's been so long I stopped caring about it.

      Also, I am far from mature or need things to be "proper", but the humor and sexist nature of the game just doesn't appeal to me the way it did when I was a kid and playing DN felt like a glorious act of rebellion.

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      May 24, 2011 12:20 PM

      We need to bookmark this thread and compare/contrast the comments to the inevitably epic "first impressions" thread.

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        May 24, 2011 12:24 PM

        Which will come from one of us Europeans. It's truly the Twilight Zone.

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          May 24, 2011 12:39 PM

          Yeah, that truly is a serious WTF decision. I've heard their reasoning, but it just doesn't work.

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        May 24, 2011 12:56 PM

        thread threads, the week or three after this game comes out will be a good time for a shackation

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      May 24, 2011 12:43 PM

      UNF

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      May 24, 2011 12:55 PM

      It comes out in the EU earlier, but I'm not going to play it until Dognose is allowed to, incase the planet explodes

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      May 24, 2011 1:05 PM

      i am so buying this game. hell to the yes.

    • moz
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      May 24, 2011 1:07 PM

      Shut it down, shut it all down.

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      May 24, 2011 1:10 PM

      Need a way to merge the two threads! This is one game deserving a big thread.

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      May 24, 2011 1:12 PM

      Cant wait, but if I boot up to find a gay console FOV 60 experience and no dedicated server there will be rage, there will be fury and I'm going to hunt that Pitchford bastard and hang him by the balls.

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      May 24, 2011 1:25 PM

      Posting in the DNF gold thread.

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      May 24, 2011 1:27 PM

      hard to feel excited about a game i know so little about. hopefully the demo is fun

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      May 24, 2011 1:30 PM

      I just cancelled my pre-order of the Balls of Steel edition. Sorry Duke. I'm still looking forward to the game, but I'll have to wait a while before purchasing.

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        May 24, 2011 1:40 PM

        You waited for the game to be finished and then you cancelled?

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          May 24, 2011 3:50 PM

          no just happened to decide today that now is not a good time financially.

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      May 24, 2011 1:43 PM

      Forgive me GeorgeB3DR for I have sinned. I had lapses in faith. I used Duke's name in vain. I made jokes at Duke's expense. I humbly ask for Duke's forgiveness.

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      May 24, 2011 1:48 PM

      I always believed this day would come. Others didn't, and for a while it seemed like it was really the end. But now, we get to play the game that's probably not going to live up to the wait (what could?) but hell... it's still going to be a lot of fun!

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      May 24, 2011 1:49 PM

      OK you want to know what's sick? I'm tempted to also buy the limited edition hardcover strategy guide

      http://www.gamestop.com/strategy-guides/duke-nukem-forever-limited-edition-official-strategy-guide/90562

      I don't care a thing about the contents, just the idea of a big hardcover book with "DUKE NUKEM FOREVER" on the spine and the giant radiation logo on the front...

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      May 24, 2011 2:00 PM

      When people ask "where where you when Duke Nukem Forever went gold, I can say I was Shacking with free internet on a train in Denmark, which is cool I guess.

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      May 24, 2011 2:02 PM

      I actually lived to see it gone gold...

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        May 24, 2011 2:09 PM

        "I survived the Rapture and all I got is this lousy DNF Gone Gold Tshirt."

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          May 24, 2011 2:11 PM

          Yeah, hopefully lord Cthulhu doesn't devour me before I have a chance to play the game now...

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      May 24, 2011 2:04 PM

      Posting for progeny.

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      May 24, 2011 2:07 PM

      I, too, want to take part in this historic post!

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      May 24, 2011 2:11 PM

      I will play this game.

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      May 24, 2011 2:19 PM

      I am yet to decide where to put the bust, though :(

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        May 24, 2011 2:28 PM

        I'd make a post + username joke but that would get me banned.

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      May 24, 2011 2:24 PM

      TT_TT p

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      May 24, 2011 2:26 PM

      OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!

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      May 24, 2011 2:33 PM

      Duke Nukem just got chumped by the MW3 trailer

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      May 24, 2011 2:36 PM

      I wonder if it's good!

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      May 24, 2011 2:55 PM

      On the old shack, this might have turned into a 10K thread. Anyway, go Duke.

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        May 24, 2011 2:56 PM

        maybe 10 years ago

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        May 24, 2011 2:57 PM

        Give it time... it probably will.

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          May 24, 2011 3:19 PM

          Problem is threads expire now.

          I mean I guess if we all bookmarked it we could keep going but really the issue is that unlike, say, Quake 3, we no longer have a community focused and obsessed with a single game like we used to. Everybody wanted Quake 3. We have posters with over 10K posts who might not even buy DNF.

          I'm not saying that this is a bad thing, I'm just saying the industry is different now.

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            May 24, 2011 3:21 PM

            we probably have posters who were born during DNF's development :(

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            May 24, 2011 4:45 PM

            Shacknews threads are 24 hrs afaik. That's enough time to celebrate for now :)

            Plus, after 1000k replies, the posts in the top 4/5th of the thread usually get ignored anyway.

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            May 24, 2011 10:58 PM

            Threads have always expired. It was called "ER" and "MD". :-P

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            May 25, 2011 4:13 AM

            Yeah, in many ways.. the days up to and around the release of Quake 3 were a special time. Back then there were only so many great online shooters. It seemed like the majority of the community would be focused on that one huge game... then anticipate the next one... then hop onto the next one when it came out. Now there are so many shooters coming out on multiple systems, everything is a bit more diluted.

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      May 24, 2011 2:56 PM

      Unpossible

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      May 24, 2011 2:58 PM

      posting in this epic thread.

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      May 24, 2011 3:01 PM

      Heh, I listened to Idle Thumbs 28 again (May 20, 2009)

      Chris: "So how about that Duke Nukem?"
      Jake: "OOOOOH, sunuvabitch!"
      Nick: "Oooooh, WHAAAAT?!"

      So yeah, 3DR closed down 2 years ago, plus a week or two.

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      May 24, 2011 3:01 PM

      I shall buy and play this video game on my home PC entertainment system.

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      May 24, 2011 3:11 PM

      already?

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      May 24, 2011 3:23 PM

      must pots in tread

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      May 24, 2011 3:26 PM

      You guys will dig the game. Thanks for the support over the years and congrats to all involved with getting it out the door! Been an epic journey, akin to Frodo and that little fucking ring. GOLD BABY!!!

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        May 24, 2011 3:26 PM

        Can't imagine how this must feel for you. What a journey. Congrats!

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        May 24, 2011 3:31 PM

        How far along is that book? :)

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          May 24, 2011 3:38 PM

          Almost done, but then they decided to switch to a different kind of paper and now they have to re-do most of it.

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            May 24, 2011 4:06 PM

            Yeah, and I also I heard that now their old font is incompatible with the new paper, so they have to write it in a new font.

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        May 24, 2011 3:42 PM

        George, are you still involved with development? Did you move on over to Gearbox?

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        May 24, 2011 3:45 PM

        :D This is the post I was waiting for

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        May 24, 2011 3:48 PM

        Congratulations to you and all the people who worked on it!

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        May 24, 2011 3:50 PM

        Congratulations on it finally being done! I know it's been a long haul and filled with many trials and tribulations.

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        May 24, 2011 3:50 PM

        I think Duke4 will be one of the last games made with so much love, so much respect for its audience...

        It will be a milestone hated by the young COD brats, but loved by the old generation of gamers wo will crack up with all the references of their pop culture...

        Thank you 3Drealms, I hope you will get resurected some day...

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          May 24, 2011 3:53 PM

          With the way Activision is going. the COD brats only have a few years left before the sales level off and decline and Activision kills the brand.

          Long live Duke!

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          May 24, 2011 4:04 PM

          There will always be "fanservice" games, but they're few and far between.

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        May 24, 2011 3:51 PM

        totally EPIC game unbelievable

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          May 24, 2011 3:54 PM

          nah son dint u hurd it's totally GEARBOX game unbelievable

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        May 24, 2011 3:53 PM

        You heading down to the bar now?

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        May 24, 2011 3:53 PM

        I love you, George.

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        May 24, 2011 3:55 PM

        Congratulations! Must feel pretty good after all these years.

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        May 24, 2011 3:55 PM

        one does not simply walk into alpha. cant wait!!!!

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        May 24, 2011 3:55 PM

        Glad you get to see it go gold George! Congrats, can't wait to play it!

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        May 24, 2011 3:56 PM

        Grats George!

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        May 24, 2011 4:01 PM

        Grats, George! Take a vacation!

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        May 24, 2011 4:03 PM

        Gratz GeorgeB

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        May 24, 2011 4:03 PM

        YOU DID IT! :D

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          May 24, 2011 5:22 PM

          ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

          /raises glass

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        May 24, 2011 4:07 PM

        Awesomesauce. :)

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        May 24, 2011 4:09 PM

        Congrats ... Can't wait to mow down that first L.A.R.D. pig cop even after all this time.

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        May 24, 2011 4:14 PM

        Horray!

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        May 24, 2011 4:15 PM

        Grats man

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        May 24, 2011 4:20 PM

        Congratulations!

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        May 24, 2011 4:21 PM

        ...game's gonna 0wn.

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        May 24, 2011 4:25 PM

        haven't posted to shack in 3 years but i had to come by and say grats georgeb!

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        May 24, 2011 4:26 PM

        Congrats

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        May 24, 2011 4:32 PM

        Congrats George, can't wait to play it!

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        May 24, 2011 4:35 PM

        +1 posterity

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        May 24, 2011 4:43 PM

        woo happy for you

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        May 24, 2011 4:47 PM

        I never thought I'd see the day. Congrabulations! Can't wait to play it

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        May 24, 2011 4:50 PM

        Congratulations! Must be great to finally have your game see the light of day :)
        Hope that there will be some kind of behind the scenes book or something similar available someday.

        Are you currently working on a game btw?

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        May 24, 2011 4:50 PM

        I knew this day would come, congrats!

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        May 24, 2011 4:51 PM

        Hey George, are you and Scott at Radar Group working together?

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          May 24, 2011 6:15 PM

          The reason I ask, if you still own the Duke Nukem IP I hope you are using RG on your next.

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        May 24, 2011 4:55 PM

        U R pretty

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        May 24, 2011 4:56 PM

        been quite a ride. congrats!

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        May 24, 2011 5:02 PM

        It certainly has been an amazing journey from the players perspective. Pretty much half my life has seen this game in development. Glad you finally got it completed.

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        May 24, 2011 5:08 PM

        Congrats! I can't wait to finally play it!
        Then I can't wait to read your memoir of the last *cough*mumble* years working on the game!

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        May 24, 2011 5:12 PM

        :D Congrats! Looking forward to playing it.

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        May 24, 2011 5:19 PM

        Approved.

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        May 24, 2011 5:27 PM

        congrats George! I look forward to playing it.

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        May 24, 2011 5:32 PM

        Thank you George for giving us this game. It was a long wait, but finally it's been delivered. Can't wait to play it.

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        May 24, 2011 5:36 PM

        I would have loved to have seen a Final Hours Of DNF article. :)

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        May 24, 2011 5:41 PM

        the ring was thrown into mt doom, mr. broussard

        if somebody throws the dnf gold disc into a volcano I will be very upset

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          May 24, 2011 5:45 PM

          If George tweets about going to iceland, I'm gonna be pissed.

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        May 24, 2011 5:44 PM

        wait I don't get it, are you Frodo?

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          May 24, 2011 5:46 PM

          The game corrupted him and gearbox had to help him carry it the rest of the way.

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        May 24, 2011 5:46 PM

        I'm glad your opus is finally ready to be released upon us all. It's unfortunate that it didn't work out as you had originally planned, but at least it's finally going to get out the door! I'm glad you didn't let it die when the development and studio faltered.

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        May 24, 2011 5:47 PM

        weeeee duke

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        May 24, 2011 6:01 PM

        George, you've redefined perseverance. Congratulations!

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        May 24, 2011 6:03 PM

        Congrats

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        May 24, 2011 6:09 PM

        Thanks for never turning your back on the fans. You've always kept up on things, been involved, and communicated, even when things looked bad, and fans behaved worse. I don't think I would have the emotional stamina to deal with all that. Thanks for everything :)

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        May 24, 2011 6:19 PM

        Congrats.

        Now do a contest for shackers for copies of the game! :)

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        May 24, 2011 7:13 PM

        Congrats, pour yourself a drink good sir

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        May 24, 2011 7:25 PM

        Congratulations man.

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        May 24, 2011 8:05 PM

        congrats !

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        May 24, 2011 8:08 PM

        Hey George, on Matt Chat ep #99 Scott Miller said that the PC version of the game was essentially done and GB took it, polished it, and what players will experience is "is really a 3DRealms game".

        Ref: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_i3-aoHnww#t=16m08s timestamp 21:08.

        True?


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        May 24, 2011 9:07 PM

        :-D

        This is going to kick ass.

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        May 24, 2011 10:15 PM

        :D Cannot wait.

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        May 24, 2011 10:59 PM

        WOOOOO

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        May 25, 2011 1:08 PM

        GB ... can u actually confirm who's funding the game after gearbox revival , ... scott miller said that T2 woudln't give you guys help , but they gave gearbox , so isn't gearbox self-funding the project or what ... because all of the marketing was done by 2K of course ... who makes those photoshops , 3DR marketing was , especially because JohnStJon wasn't involved directly IMO ... (he helped to make the 2007 trailer ... which kind of still look better than anything from 2K .. but okay this is not important for PC players, as long as the ingame model is original)

        just a btw, nothing to bother at this very moment ...

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      May 24, 2011 3:51 PM

      Rapture has gone gold.

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      May 24, 2011 3:55 PM

      Holy fucking shit. As a Quake 3 Gone Gold veteran let me just say GOOOOOOLD!

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      May 24, 2011 3:59 PM

      won't beat the quake 3 thread b/c too many people are jaded now

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        May 24, 2011 4:14 PM

        Well that and just considering how games are released now a days. Used to be we never really knew if a game would be released until someone said gold, so it was kind of a surprise back then.

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          May 24, 2011 7:06 PM

          Also there was like no moderation back then.

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        May 24, 2011 4:21 PM

        Way more games to demand your attention these days. A few orders of magnitude vs the Quake 3 days.

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      May 24, 2011 4:10 PM

      Time to get some some woooooooooo!

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      May 24, 2011 4:24 PM

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      May 24, 2011 4:31 PM

      HEEELZ YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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      May 24, 2011 4:40 PM

      legen....dary!

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      May 24, 2011 4:42 PM

      best game since deus ex you heard it here first

      the jaded will become unjaded THIS GAME WILL 0WN

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      May 24, 2011 4:44 PM

      I wonder if this thread will out-do Quake 3 Gone Gold?

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      May 24, 2011 4:46 PM

      Do games still go "go gold" or is this just for nostalgia?

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        May 24, 2011 4:51 PM

        yeah it still used for consoles and retail PC versions.

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      May 24, 2011 5:04 PM

      I'm happy for everyone involved. I'm sure for some it's got to be a huge sigh of relief.

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      May 24, 2011 5:20 PM

      This is truly a historic day. Years from now, we'll tell our children about where we were when we heard that Duke Nukem Forever went gold. They of course just wont get it, and of course, we were all on The Shack.

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      May 24, 2011 5:23 PM

      Always bet on Duke!

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      May 24, 2011 5:24 PM

      We made it, woo!

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      May 24, 2011 5:43 PM

      day 1 patch?

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      May 24, 2011 6:07 PM

      So when do we start getting details on Duke 5?

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        May 24, 2011 6:19 PM

        That's really the question. DNF is going to pay GB bills for some time. Next!

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        May 24, 2011 6:19 PM

        Duke Nukem: Modern Warfare

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        May 24, 2011 9:59 PM

        The next game will be Duke Nukem Forever: Episode 3

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      May 24, 2011 6:17 PM

      Fapping furiously!!!

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      May 24, 2011 6:21 PM

      Is it June 14th yet???

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      May 24, 2011 7:23 PM

      NOW I have to wait until it's $5 on steam.. more waiting for me :(

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      May 24, 2011 7:45 PM

      HOLY FUCK YES!!!!!!!

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      May 24, 2011 7:55 PM

      There still time for the rapture before release day.

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      May 24, 2011 9:12 PM

      I miss the 3DR forums. If there was ever a time for Ted to rain down dollar signs, it's right now.

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      May 24, 2011 9:32 PM

      piss and bumblebees! The shack has gotten weird and Duke has gone gold!

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      May 24, 2011 9:43 PM

      I am displeased. Only 420 replies? This isn't the Shack I've been visiting for over ten years. Weren't we predicting some epic record breaking thread? PFFT.

      Ps I can't wait to play!

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      May 24, 2011 10:03 PM

      GONE GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      May 24, 2011 10:10 PM

      Must...post...in...epic...historic...thread.

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        May 25, 2011 1:03 PM

        History in the making ... Shacknews must save some "hall of fame threads" seriously...

        you don't see the fans, and developers all talking in virtually "real time" in here ... this is just relaxed and nothing "official" - it feels like a family :P

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      May 24, 2011 10:16 PM

      Woot! Golden Duke!

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      May 24, 2011 10:47 PM

      Fly pigs, fly!!!

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      May 24, 2011 10:51 PM

      So we've got TWO epic threads going on this? Well, I guess it's no surprise. :)

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      May 25, 2011 1:03 AM

      First!


      ah crap!

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      May 25, 2011 1:27 AM

      OHH YEAHH!!

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      May 25, 2011 7:11 AM

      Anyone still here?

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      May 25, 2011 7:09 PM

      All videos for this game are uninspired and generic. Sorry Shackers, this game should remain a vaporware legend.

      . . . oh it has a rail gun. wow.