10 Year Old Duke Nukem Forever Preorder Honored - With Swag!

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10 Year Old Duke Nukem Forever Preorder Honored - With Swag!

Gearbox Software honored a fan's pre-order of Duke Nukem Forever from 2001 with a boatload of swag.

Ok, we know that Duke Nukem Forever took a long time to make. And we know that a lot of people were disappointed with the result, Mr. Russ Pitts included. But at least Gearbox was cool of enough to make good on its claims to honor any and all preorders for the game. One gamer, known as Slash000, proved that he ordered the game all the way back on August 13th, 2001, and the Houston, TX area GameStop gave him the copy he was due. Not only that, Gearbox Software got wind of Slash's commitment to the Duke, and decided to shower him with tons of swag - including the special edition and a headshot of the titular lord signed by the whole development team.

Here's the list of everything he got:

Duke Nukem Forever PC Balls of Steel Edition #10, Signed by the Development Team
Duke Nukem Headshot, Signed by the Development Team
Logitech G19 Keyboard with GamePanel LCD Screen (Supported by Duke Nukem Forever PC)
Duke Nukem Forever Titty City Pint Glass
Duke Nukem Forever Titty City Shot Glass
Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club Shot Glass
Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club Mouse Pad
Duke Nukem Forever Belt Buckle
Duke Nukem Forever "Steroids"
Duke Nukem Forever Mini-Lithographs
Duke Nukem Forever gamerART Aluminum Mouse Pad
Duke Nukem Forever Hoody
Duke Burger T-Shirt
Hail to the King! T-Shirt
Come Get Some T-Shirt
Gearbox Swag Bag

Say what you want about Randy Pitchford and Gearbox taking over the reins of the Duke from 3D Realms, at least the team had the grace and professionalism to honor the people who stuck by the game and never cancelled the pre-order.

Now if only Gearbox had made a decent game ...

Source: Gamersmint

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Duke Nukem Forever "Steroids"? Oh man, I so want that to be what is says it is.

That's... kinda awesome. I haven't played Duke Nukem since it was 2D so I have no opinion on DNF, but I like it when fans are rewarded for their commitment.

That's awesome. And yes, say what you will about Gearbox, but they made a business decision in picking up DNF. What better way to get lots of sales than buying a game in progress, and the butt end of the game world for never being released, polishing it off and taking in the money.

It's Duke Nukem Forever, doesn't matter if it sucks.. You know you wanna play the game that seemingly was never coming.

Well I hear the games pretty bad (will be playing it soon to find that out) however I've got to give a thumbs up to Gearbox for this.

And yet, was it worth it in the long run? Probably not...

I consider Gearbox to be the Anti-Valve.

They may not be able to deliver a fantastic game consistently, but they do get things finished on time and on budget. I suspect this is why publishers keep giving them money to make games*.

Any company funding games will likely know what a develoepr can do given a set time and budget, given that Gearbox has ahd 18months to finish DN:F from whatever pile of scraps they got delivered to their door, Take Two probably had a good idea of what would come out the other end. I'll bet they just wanted the damn thing done and out so they could get some return on all that investment.

Greg Tito:

Now if only Gearbox had made a decent game ...

I thought they only mopped up and distributed it?

The icing on the cake would be that the guy plays the game, sees how awful it is, gives all the stuff back and says he wants a refund. That, or he sells all of it on E-Bay, he might get a buyer for the swag, but I doubt he would get a buyer for the game.

That is really cool, nicely done by them!
And the game is not that bad.

Why rip on DNF? isn't it about time we stopped having serious character?

Greg Tito:
Now if only Gearbox had made a decent game

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Gearbox didn't make the game. The game was already 90% done when they got it. Please stop perpetuating false information.

OT: It's cool Gearbox is taking care of the things 3D Realms was to retarded to do. Hopefully now that they own the IP, they will be making a better Duke game than that 3D Realms trash.

Greg Tito:
Now if only Gearbox had made a decent game ...

You mean, if only 3D Realms had only made a decent game. Gearbox just took what they had and made it into something that 2K could sell to get some money back from 15 years of development.

GeorgW:
That is really cool, nicely done by them!
And the game is not that bad.

Yes you wrote a review, we get it. You don't need to link it in every single thread about the game, though.

Low Key:
OT: It's cool Gearbox is taking care of the things 3D Realms was to retarded to do. Hopefully now that they own the IP, they will be making a better Duke game than that 3D Realms trash.

My thoughts exactly.

Too bad the game itself sucks...

gearbox is a good company to do this, and a good company in general. everyone seems pretty hard on them because of how horrible duke nukem forever came out, but its not their fault. they took the product they were given and tried to clean it up and smooth out the rough edges as much as they could in order to get it shipped out so the investors could stop wasting their money. but no matter how much you try to make shit look nice, its still shit. gearbox was fucked from the start but i dont blame them for the end result.

Damn, now THAT'S persistence,

Or dumb luck, whatever seems more reasonable.

Throw out the game, keep the rest as souvenirs or for bragging rights.

I'd of said a better way to honor his patience would have been to make a great game. Not that Id complain Id rather have the Duke memorabilia than the game it's self.

Sad to think the best part of DNF was the legacy of fail.

Part of the Gearbox staff is from 3D Realms so technically the did make DNF.

LightningBanks:

Greg Tito:

Now if only Gearbox had made a decent game ...

I thought they only mopped up and distributed it?

They did. 3DRealms had the game about 87% or something done, last I heard, before Gearbox got hold of it. And I believe that acquisition was in early 2010.

I don't blame Gearbox for the game being what it was because they only finished coding it, but since they finished it and 2K distributed it, to some that means they are responsible for the game's poor reception and not 3DRealms.

I think that game is fine as is, with some tweaks needed in some areas, but Gearbox is not to blame for the game. Or at least majorly to blame.

The swag is cool, it's unfortunate it came bundled with a copy of DNF.

Low Key:
Gearbox didn't make the game. The game was already 90% done when they got it. Please stop perpetuating false information.

I'm sure Gearbox was handed a real mess, but they were willing to release this with their name attached to it so they bare at least some responsibility. No doubt less than 3D Games, and I suspect less than Take Two even. It wouldn't surprise me if Take Two wouldn't let them spend any more time or money fixing this, figuring they were throwing good money after bad - and I'm sure it was Take Two and not Gearbox who were responsible for the pre-release hype.

Why are people hating on the game? I dont get it...

I play it for Pc... dont get any problems, runs fine, it has really good graphics, interactivity with the world, platforming and action scenes (wich breaks from the generic cover/ shoot mechanics), it has a good sense of humour, a good array of weapons, and hey... its over 8 hours... like im comparing to the crappy 4 hour long games you love so much..

Its not the same has the previous nukes... the personna of duke doesnt fit this modern age, and the gameplay is different, but still fun.

The game has puzzles and good details... it plays well, the sound is awesome and works fine...

So could anyone tell me... whats wrong with the game? Cuz i cant find the reason...

And he immediately asks for a refund.

Having never played a Duke Nukem title ever (even though I've been playing since before the release of Wolfenstein 3D), I can't speak much about whether or not it is a good game.

But even if DNF is as bad as they say and Gearbox were completely responsible, the way they've been playing this has been earning back coolness points.

And between Opposing Force and Borderlands, they've got plenty of credit in my book.

238U

That swag is awesome. It's cool that they honoured the longterm fans like that.

I want all of those things, especially the shirts. Slash is a lucky dude and Im happy for him. Wonder how old he was when he preordered DNF at gamestop...

Now if only Gearbox had made a decent game ...

Give 'em a couple of years, and I'm sure they'll be able to iron out all those minor annoyances.

Greg Tito:
Now if only Gearbox had made a decent game ...

As one of my friends pointed out, I think you mean 3D Realms. Gearbox just took what was there, fixed it up a bit, finished putting it together, and shipped it out.

Though, he (or myself) could be incorrect in this.

I'm just going to go and pre-order Half Life 3 right now...

OT: That's pretty awesome for that guy, regardless of whether you liked the game or not, its gotta be nice to be given that much free swag!

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TitanAtlas:
Why are people hating on the game? I dont get it...

I play it for Pc... dont get any problems, runs fine, it has really good graphics, interactivity with the world, platforming and action scenes (wich breaks from the generic cover/ shoot mechanics), it has a good sense of humour, a good array of weapons, and hey... its over 8 hours... like im comparing to the crappy 4 hour long games you love so much..

Its not the same has the previous nukes... the personna of duke doesnt fit this modern age, and the gameplay is different, but still fun.

The game has puzzles and good details... it plays well, the sound is awesome and works fine...

So could anyone tell me... whats wrong with the game? Cuz i cant find the reason...

Also, this.

DNF was an awesome game. I really don't understand why all the hate. Unless its more "I'm so grown-up now and this is twaddle!" or people just mad its not CoD.

The only 2 things wrong with it was: 1. The platforming got kind of frustrating. 2. There have been 12 years of crap for Duke to make fun of and while I am glad certain things (halo) did get made fun of it wasn't nearly enough :P

Well played, Gearbox. I salute you. Things like this, and that girl getting a signed copy of Dead Space 2 after her dog chewed up her copy, make me smile.

Hope the author understands that Gearbox didn't really make the game, that they just put what was left together to get it out the door
Everything you saw was a product of the fourteen years 3DRealms left them

Quick, we need some good publicity, where's that bloke with the very old receipt?

I believe the Screwattack website assisted in this:
http://screwattack.com/videos/Waiting-A-Decade-for-Duke

Skopintsev:
That's awesome. And yes, say what you will about Gearbox, but they made a business decision in picking up DNF. What better way to get lots of sales than buying a game in progress, and the butt end of the game world for never being released, polishing it off and taking in the money.

A bad business decision. Have you seen the sales figures? They may as well have thrown money out the window and saved the dev. time.

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