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Will Gearbox, Developers Of Borderlands, Make Duke Nukem Forever?

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This was cool in the 90s, trust me.

Oh boy, another Duke Nukem story. It seems that the lawsuit between 3D Realms and Take 2 has been settled, and now Duke Nukem Forever is in the capable hands of Gearbox, developer of Borderlands and the Brothers In Arms series. The question is: who could possibly care?

Consider my predicament. I’ve heard about Duke Nukem Forever since 1997, when I first read about it in a game magazine. (Ultra Game Players, I believe.) How can I possibly care about the game in 2010, or 2011, or 2012?

But that’s me, and possibly other people in my age group.

What about some kid who’s 14-year-old today, has only heard of Duke Nukem 3D in passing—THE TOP 10 MOST CONTROVERSIAL GAMES OF THE 90s lists and the like—and isn’t familiar with the constant start-stop of Duke Nukem Forever? To this kid, it’s probably a case of, “Oh, cool, a new shooter. I want it.”

Which is what I assume Gearbox is banking on.

The greatest injustice I can think of is that Gearbox makes a genuinely good game and people ignore it out of spite.

But again, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. If it’s good, it’s good.

What more can you say?

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