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Gearbox sues 3D Realms over Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction

Original series creator admits "material infringement" and apologises.

Duke Nukem IP-holder Gearbox is suing the series' original developers - 3D Realms, Interceptor Entertainment, and Apogee Software - for developing the recently announced PC and PS4 title Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction.

FeatureDuke Nukem Forever: A Discussion with Randy Pitchford

Why the review bar graph "looked like a pair of tits".

Duke Nukem Forever launched in June 2011 after 15 years in development, the longest-ever video game development period. The story of its creation is one of peaks and troughs and high drama, but that's not what we sit down with Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford, the man who saved Duke from development hell, to talk about.

Amazon Cyber Monday Deals Week begins

Ends Sunday. Updated with daily discounts.

Friday update: Whoops, what happened to Thursday? Sorry! Friday's Amazon Cyber Monday video game deals (confusing) are Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising on PS3, 360; Scooby Doo and the Spooky Swamp on Wii; and Dual Pen Sports on 3DS.

Gearbox: Duke Nukem Forever wasn't reviewed fairly

Gearbox: Duke Nukem Forever wasn't reviewed fairly

Co-founder not sure where "some of the anger came from".

Gearbox co-founder Brian Martel has claimed Duke Nukem Forever was not reviewed fairly by some publications, arguing it was used "as a soapbox" while claiming: "Everybody should really be thankful that it existed to some degree at all."

Speaking to Eurogamer in a previously unpublished interview conducted at Gamescom in August, Martel reflected on the controversial shooter's critical reception, stating: "We wish the reviews were a little less caustic. We're not quite sure where some of the anger came from."

Discussing the spread of scores across all reviews, he said: "There were things towards the high and things towards the low, but the middle just didn't get any traction. It's pretty obvious that people were using it in some ways to kind of use it as a soapbox or whatever."

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Fable 4 release date 2013?

Fable 4 release date 2013?

Will be "proper, controller-based" sequel.

Fable developer Lionhead is apparently working on a fourth incarnation of the role-playing series.

That's according to US Official Xbox Magazine, which published the news in its rumours section (spotted by CVG).

"Look for the Fable cycle to continue with a proper, controller-based Fable 4 in 2013," the publication promised.

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Huge Duke Nukem PC patch live

Huge Duke Nukem PC patch live

14 years and still not done.

A PC patch for Duke Nukem Forever has gone live. It doubles the game's single-player weapon capacity from two to four.

The poorly-recieved shooter was criticised for limiting players to two weapons in campaign mode, a decision developer 3D Realms blamed on mapping the game to console controls.

"We tried for a long time to support lots of guns but we simply could not find a nice way to map it to a controller, despite trying 4-5 designs," 3D Realms boss George Broussard previously explained.

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Duke Nukem PC patch increases gun slots

Duke Nukem PC patch increases gun slots

"Could not" map more to controller.

A PC update for 3/10 shooter Duke Nukem Forever will double its weapon inventory from two to four, developer Gearbox has revealed.

But there are no immediate plans for console editions to get the patch, a post by Gearbox community manager Chris Faylor explained.

Initial Duke developer 3D Realms has previously drawn fire for its decision to limit PC gamers to carrying two guns.

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FeatureCheap This Week - 27/07/11

DNF! Old Republic! Arkham Asylum!

It's Wednesday, and that can only mean one thing: I'm back with yet another selection of the finest discount gaming offers to tempt your wallet with. Throughout the week you can keep your finger on the pulse of cut price gaming by checking SavyGamer.co.uk. Read on to find out what's cheap this week.

First Duke Nukem Forever DLC announced

First Duke Nukem Forever DLC announced

New maps and multiplayer modes incoming.

Gearbox Software has lifted the lid on the first set of Duke Nukem Forever DLC.

The Hail to the Icons Parody Pack arrives this Autumn, adding four new multiplayer maps and a handful of new game modes.

As detailed over on the game's official forum, the new maps are as follows:

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FeatureSaturday Soapbox: Loathing the Enemy

Tom's surprised that gaming's henchmen still fall below par.

Pretty much since I was a child, video games have been full of jerks. Donkey Kong? What a prick. Super Mario Kart? Full of jerks. I wasn't that familiar with the expression "climb a wall of dicks" when I was 10 years old, but if I had been then I would have directed it in Princess Peach's direction almost as often as I burst into tears because she pipped me to the line on Rainbow Road.

Duke Nukem Forever demo now on 360, PC

PS3 version coming soon.

Put off by the universally dismal reviews for Duke Nukem Forever, but still intrigued to see how the game turned out after 15 years in development hell? Well, here's your chance for a spot of rubbernecking.

Sacked Duke Nukem PR Redner responds

Picking reviewers "is a selection process".

2K Games' now-sacked US PR firm The Redner Group has written an essay-length justification for threatening to withhold future games from journalists who wrote "venom filled" reviews of Duke Nukem Forever.

2K sacks US PR over Duke review row

2K sacks US PR over Duke review row

Rep threatens to punish "venomous" critics.

Publisher 2K Games has severed links with its external US public relations and marketing agency after the outfit Tweeted that it was considering blacklisting sites that gave Duke Nukem Forever a particularly rough ride.

A post on The Redner Group's Twitter feed earlier today read: "Too many went too far with their reviews...we are reviewing who gets games next time and who doesn't based on today's venom," followed by another stating "Bad scores are fine. Venom filled reviews...that's completely different."

Much internet ire duly followed, and 2K has just chimed in, announcing that it's given Redner its marching orders.

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Duke Nukem sales: 56% Xbox, 30% PS3

Duke Nukem sales: 56% Xbox, 30% PS3

Red Faction sales: 70% Xbox, 26% PS3.

Duke Nukem Forever has topped the UK all-formats chart and sold a meaty majority on Xbox 360.

Xbox 360 dominated a fat 56 per cent of the sales pie; PS3 claimed only 30 per cent.

PC took 14 per cent, but remember that digitally distributed copies (i.e. those bought on Steam, Get Games and elsewhere), aren't counted.

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Duke Nukem Forever

Duke Nukem Forever

The king is dead.

Randy Pitchford is thinking of me. "I would not want to be a journalist on this one," the Gearbox studio boss told Mr Minkley in our Duke Nukem Forever launch day interview. "I would not want to be a critic. It's going to be tough."

His concern, presumably, is that Duke Nukem Forever is such a monumental event, such a literally game-changing, epoch-shaking moment, that the pressure to accommodate its many facets in a single review - to boil down 14 years of expectation into a fair critical summary - is too terrible a burden for any writer to bear. Duke Nukem Forever! It's here! How can things ever be the same again?

I certainly felt that pressure. Do you let the game's famously troubled gestation - which looked like it would never come to term, until Gearbox stepped in at the eleventh hour - affect the score? Do you try to filter its off-colour humour through a modern lens, or accept the adolescent scatology as part of the Duke experience? Do you review for middle-aged fans from 1996, when Duke last appeared in a first-person shooter, or do you review for a generation of gamers that was still in infant school when our flat-top hero first asked pixellated strippers to "Shake it, baby"? So much to consider. Randy's right. It's going to be tough.

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FeatureFinishing Duke Nukem Forever

Randy Pitchford on the end of history.

I made a note of it. After all, it was a big occasion. 3:35pm, 9th June, 2011. The exact moment it became real, when a courier arrived at my door with a package it would be fair to say I'd been waiting some time for.

Out This Week - 10/06/11

inFamous 2! Red Faction! Duke Nukem!

Able to pry your eyes away from all the E3 excitement? Don't click on that link. Here are some games you can actually hold in your hands this Friday.

Duke Nukem Forever DLC detailed?

Karaoke! Maps! Impregnader weapon!

Duke Nukem Forever will reportedly receive at least three packs of downloadable content, bringing new weapons, maps and modes - including karaoke.

Duke Nukem Forever scores "don't matter"

"We know the game's great," says Pitchford.

Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford has claimed it "doesn't matter" how critics judge Duke Nukem Forever, insisting that his team "know the game is great" and authors of "lowball" reviews would be "held accountable by the readers".

2K launches Duke Nudem website

2K launches Duke Nudem website

NSFW. Not safe for anything, really.

2K Games has launched a promotional website for upcoming first-person shooter Duke Nukem Forever called Duke Nudem.

The NSFW version asks you to shoot targets, sometimes moving, to make models take their clothes off. Yes, they get their breasts out.

There are four girls to compete against. Dead Eye Stacey, for example, is a "lethal shot and knows her way around a Kalashnikov as well as she knows her war around Duke".

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Pitchford hits out at "evil" PSN hackers

"We're all victims of cyber-terrorism."

Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford has condemned the "cyber-terrorists" responsible for bringing down the PlayStation Network, calling on gamers to support not attack Sony as it works to restore services.

Duke Nukem had "gay robot" sidekick

Plus: Randy Pitchford talks Borderlands 2.

Randy Pitchford has revealed that Duke Nukem nearly ended up with a "gay robot" sidekick – which could still make an appearance in a future title.

FeatureSlapped Down

Gearbox' misstep with Duke's Capture the Babe mode is likely to raise hell - and rightly so.

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Gearbox boss explains Duke Nukem delay

Pitchford denies marketing shenanigans.

After a 14 year wait, mythical shooter Duke Nuke Forever was finally set to hit shelves this May. Then this morning, via a cheeky video skit, new developer Gearbox announced yet another delay, pushing the game back to June.

Duke Nukem Forever

Strip teaser.

We all know that Duke Nukem Forever has been in been in development for 13 years. The fact the game is going to see the light of day at all is a testament to the wills of the nine 3D Realms staff who kept working on it in secret after their employer's demise, and to the artistic sympathy of Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software and one of the industry's great showmen.

Duke dev talks down Bulletstorm rivalry

There's room for two OTT shooters.

A cursory glance at EA's forthcoming shooter Bulletstorm and the long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever, both due this Spring, reveals a fair few common themes: outrageous violence, enormous extraterrestrial bugs, giant biceps and enough F-bombs to make even Ray Winstone blush.

Will there be Duke Nukem Forever DLC?

Gearbox to discuss it with fans post-release.

Given its turbulent, 14-year long history, it's safe to assume it's taken Gearbox Software considerable effort to finally get Duke Nukem Forever out of the door. But has that effort stretched to include post-release DLC? Well, maybe.

Duke Nukem Forever release date

Duke Nukem Forever release date

May be a good time.

This is something we've been itching to write for years: Duke Nukem Forever has a rock-solid release date.

The Gearbox-adopted shooter will launch worldwide on 6th May.

The US plays slightly earlier from 3rd May.

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Gearbox: PC distributors should play nice

Frustrated that Steam, GfW Live don't talk.

Gearbox Software has called on gamers to tell PC distribution services like Steam and Games for Windows Live to co-operate with one another so people can play together.

Bulletstorm dev denies Duke Nukem nod

But Bleszinski has had big influence.

Pulp sci-fi, muscle-bound alpha males, bad language, outrageous violence – on the face of it, it would seem Epic's forthcoming FPS Bulletstorm and the Duke Nukem series have a lot in common. Not so, insists developer People Can Fly.

Duke Nukem pre-orders to be honoured

Gearbox working with retailers to sort it.

Good news for those who pre-ordered a copy of Duke Nukem Forever at some point in the last decade - you will indeed get your money's worth.

Duke won't derail Borderlands plans

Gearbox committed to its other franchises.

Gearbox has promised gamers that its plans for Borderlands downloadable content and sequels to other franchises remain intact despite the recent purchase of the Duke Nukem franchise.

Duke Nukem Forever

What are you waiting for, Christmas?

According to Jewish law, Duke Nukem Forever would be a man by now. First announced to the public in April 1997, this game has weathered the longest cycle of delays, cancellations, resurrections and cryosleeps, effectively mocking everything we know about game development and the space-time continuum in the process.

Duke Nukem Forever demo likely

Gearbox boss thinks it's "important".

Gearbox head Randy Pitchford had indicated that Duke Nukem Forever will likely get a demo, telling VG247 that he thinks it's "important".

Gearbox owns Duke IP

Pushing the 3D Realms of possibility.

Gearbox now owns the "full intellectual rights" to Duke Nukem and all associated "future projects", top-cat Randy Pitchford has said.

Confirmed: Duke Nukem Forever alive

Confirmed: Duke Nukem Forever alive

Gearbox's worst kept secret revealed.

Update: The press release is out. Duke Nukem Forever will be released for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in calendar 2011. The game is playable this week at PAX.

"All great things take time... a lot of time," commented 2K president Christoph Hartmann. "After a hiatus from the videogame world, Duke Nukem is back and better than ever. The return of the king from the glory days of shooters will satisfy our patient, die-hard fans, as well as a new generation of bubble gum-chewing, flat top and shades-wearing bad-asses. Make no mistake about it - Duke Nukem Forever is a testament to the era of when shooters were bodacious and fun."

Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford added: "Hail to the king, baby! It's unbelievable, it kicks ass and it's totally going to happen! Gearbox has enabled die-hard key Duke Nukem franchise builders and skilled veteran game makers to stand together and deliver.

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2K to stream "something big" tonight

Is this the Gearbox Duke Forever reveal?

2K Games will unveil "something big" on the first day of the Penny Arcade Expo this week and will stream the announcement on the internet.

Gearbox to talk Duke Forever at PAX?

Panel promises "juicy exclusives" and more.

Gearbox Software's panel at next week's Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle will include "juicy exclusives, surprising disclosures, unbelievable scoops and behind the scenes access on what Gearbox is up to", according to the official site.

Duke Nukem actor hints at future for DNF

"Don't be disappointed."

Duke Nukem voice actor Jon St. John has hinted that there may be a future for Duke Nukem Forever - by saying nothing at all. St. John implied that he was bound to silence because something is still afoot.

Duke Nukem D-Day teased on Facebook

Duke "doesn't stay down for long".

A solitary screenshot, a Facebook page and the title D-Day have been associated with dormant videogame character Duke Nukem, leading some to speculate that he's due for a return.

3D Realms: 2K had another Duke game

Made by well-known dev for mid-2010.

Apogee Software (parent of 3D Realms) has revealed that Take-Two (under label 2K Games) was working on a separate Duke Nukem game called Duke Begins.

Miller: T2 lawsuit "knee-deep in BS"

3D Realms "always innocent", "always wins".

3D Realms (and parent company Apogee) founder Scott Miller has rubbished claims of an offshore bank account with "substantial funds" made in a Take-Two lawsuit.

3D Realms is still operational

And has the rights to Duke Nukem Forever.

Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms "has not closed and is not closing" and "retains ownership of the Duke Nukem franchise", according to a statement issued by the developer.

3D Realms founder denies Take-Two claim

USD 12m for rights is "100 per cent spin".

3D Realms co-founder Scott Miller has denied that the developer received USD 12 million from Take-Two for the publishing rights to Duke Nukem Forever as stated in the lawsuit filed last week.

3D Realms shuts down

Take-Two retains Duke Nukem Forever IP.

3D Realms has closed because of insufficient funding, placing the future of Duke Nukem Forever once more in doubt.

Duke Nukem Forever picture released

Brown monsters feature.

3D Realms has offered a Christmas present to the dwindling number of cobweb-covered, long-bearded fans still sat waiting for Duke Nukem Forever: a picture.

Duke Nukem to be Hollywood film

Max Payne producer heading project.

3D Realms has decided to turn Duke Nukem into a Hollywood film, and has enlisted Max Payne producer Scott Faye to help. And he wants to help.

Duke Nukem Forever footage sighted

Perhaps it really will come out.

The first footage of Duke Nukem Forever since 2001 has hit the Internet. Former Monolith boss Jason Hall landed the scoop in his self-titled show on Crackle, the Sony-owned video sharing site. You can also download it on Xbox Live.

Duke Nukem Forever still coming

It's been seen up and running.

More than four hundred years after the game was first announced, it's been confirmed that Duke Nukem Forever is still in development over at 3D Realms.

EGTV: Duke Forever trailer

EGTV: Duke Forever trailer

What are you waiting for? Christmas?

We're amazed, too. Really, really can't believe it. How can Jamie-Lynn Spears be pregnant? Incidentally, the new Duke Nukem Forever teaser trailer is out.

Nobody saw it coming (least of all, we suppose, Jamie). No no, we're talking about the trailer. It's of Duke Nukem Forever.

At this point it would be appropriate to point out to latecomers [stop that -Ed] that DNF was originally announced when the years all began with "19", and that it's been through several revisions.

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Duke Forever trailer today

Duke Forever trailer today

And a screenshot now.

3D Realms has popped up to announce - to general disbelief - that it plans to release a teaser trailer for Duke Nukem Forever today on the Internet.

Not only that, but it has released a screen-grab from the teaser to help whet our appetites. That's the picture just down there. No no, there. The other thing is your leg.

The trailer will be released today, 19th December, at "around noon CST", which is 6pm GMT in old money.

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Duke Nukem for XBLA?

3D Realms keen on it.

3D Realms big shot George Broussard has said Duke Nukem 3D could be coming to Live Arcade. Apparently all he's waiting on is the go ahead from Microsoft.

3DR releases Duke screenshot

Sticks it on top of a job advert.

Still keeping an eye out for Duke Nukem Forever? Then step this way for what 3D Realms has confirmed is an in-game screenshot.

Duke developers jump ship

DNF still on track, says Broussard.

It seems like every time we actually find out anything remotely interesting about the development of Duke Nukem Forever, it comes through the medium of 3D Realms' staff arguing with fans on Internet forums. It almost makes you hanker for the good old days of press releases, interviews, screenshots... Remember all that stuff? Ahh.

Duke Forever out 'when pigs fly'

Joshes 3D Realms boss.

More than eight years after work first started on Duke Nukem Forever, 3D Realms bigwig George Broussard has hinted at the game's release date, suggesting it'll finally hit the shelves "when pigs fly."

Duke Nukem Forever update

Duke Nukem Forever update

Broussard admits to screw-ups.

All right, so PC shooter Duke Nukem Forever may not be heading to the shops in time for Christmas after all, despite rumours to the contrary. But at least it's coming along nicely, according to a 3D Realms staff member posting on the developer's forum.

"The current game sits at 9.6 gigs," the poster wrote. Blimey.

"But as I've said in the past, that will be trimmed as there is surely lots of data in there that needs to be culled. I can't see culling more than 2-3 gigs though."

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DNF date reports nonsensed

3D Realms kindly bats 'em away.

3D Realms has denounced a product listing for Duke Nukem Forever on Amazon UK that claims that game will be released on December 2nd.

Duke Nukem details

Duke Nukem details

Just a few, mind.

Whatever your feelings on Duke Nukem Forever, the sequel to classic first-person shooter Duke Nukem 3D, which came out a new Doom, a couple of Quakes and two goalpost-shifting Half-Lives ago, it's still interesting to hear how the game's progressing.

So it was nice to see George Broussard, CEO of developer 3D Realms, popping up on a forum thread recently to clarify a few details.

Most interestingly, given the recent advances made by the likes of Max Payne 2 and Half-Life 2 and DN3D's own relative strength in this area, was Broussard's revelation that, in terms of the level of interactivity, "you can play with everything". DNF will be making use of Meqon physics tech, which looked very impressive at this year's Game Developers Conference.

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FeatureDuke Nukem Forever

Seven years on, we're getting itchy. It's making 'steady' progress, but won't be at E3, says George Broussard...

We love black humour, gallows humour, call it what you will. Those moments of utter despair lightened up by a sideways glance and sharp monotone quip, and it's difficult not to crack a wry smile at 3D Realms' hapless attempts to make another game. Every time the Formula 1 results come in, any gamer seeing the list of DNF drivers can't help be reminded of the delicious irony of the game that Did Not Finish also happens to share those telling initials. Yes, 3D Realms' interminably delayed PC shooter Duke Nukem Forever is a game now well into its seventh year (and counting) of development, yet it's still showing no signs of even being reasonably close to being completed. You couldn't make it up, you really couldn't.