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Duke Nukem Forever = Reality

Alright everyone. So what do we do now?

A few weeks ago, Duke Nukem Forever went gold. Yup, gold. Here I was thinking “holy crap, something that was never going to happen, is happening. In two weeks time, we the gamers will be playing Duke.” Today, DNF was released.

As a gamer, I am ecstatic. I don't even really care for the game itself. I'm more impressed with the fact that Gearbox has finished a game that has taken over a decade to release. Duke Nukem Forever was announce in April of 1997. Yes, the late 90's started it all. Many have tried. Many have failed. Gearbox Software has succeeded where no one else has come close.

We here at ShogunGamer had the pleasure and advantage of being among the first in the public world to play Duke Nukem Forever at last year's PAX Prime. The demo was short and pretty, the main focus of the booth was the speech given by Pitchford (President of Gearbox Software) and his expression of love towards the Duke ip. Now it may sound odd, or may be a fallacy, but I truly felt his desire and passion for Duke. This alone makes Duke Nukem Forever a title to be feared. Not many people in the world of developers actually are madly obsessed with their properties. That's not to say that devs don't care, but they sure don't care about their games as much as Pitchford does about the Duke.

"Fifteen years ago, Duke Nukem 3D helped launch my professional video game development career. The Gearbox Software team and I are ecstatic that we have grown to a position to be able to pick up and carry the torch and help Duke rise back to glory in his time of need. Fans of the legendary hero and all the incredible talent that have ever helped him all deserve the very best support that we can bring. Please join me in supporting Duke in his triumphant return so that we may all enjoy the unique, one-in-million entertainment experience that only Duke Nukem can bring. Gearbox will bring the right level of addictively compelling gameplay, humor and high powered explosive action to the franchise. Duke Nukem is back and will be bigger than ever." - Pitchford

Now, all of a sudden, the Chupacabra of video games is finally coming out and it can no longer be viewed as a rude myth. Above all things hampering and odd, a southern minister claimed that the Rapture of humanity was supposed to happen just before the release of Duke Nukem Forever. As we all know, we have all survived the rapture and will inevitably be around when the Duke sees the light of day again. My huge concern is about the time and space past the release of Duke Nukem Forever. Us in the industry are no strangers to the word “delayed”, and with devs like Blizzard who will continue to delay their games until they are happy with them (another rarity in this day) it's common. So I ask you good friends. Now that the most anticipated game of all time is finally reachable, what do we wait for and obsess over now? Nothing in our generation seems to have the capability of holding such high regard as this seemingly over-the-top crude crop-topped douche bag. They "Did Not Finish" joke for DNF is over, set your sights for something else.

With the recent slough of terrible reviews I thought I should re-assure all of you. These “reviews” are for top-rated, cream of the crop FPS titles (CoD, BF ect.) not Duke. The king of vulgarity does not want to be in that genre and for anyone to lump him in with the bland, is a tad disgraceful. Let's all go out and enjoy the silly non-politically correct hero.

Hail to the King baby.