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DescriptionAliens have landed in futuristic Los Angeles and it's up to the Duke to bring the pain and show them the door. After the initial entries of side-scrolling platform games, Duke Nukem 3D introduces a first-person perspective to the series and turns the game into a full-fledged shooter with 2.5D graphics.
Duke's arsenal includes pistols, pipe bombs, laser trip mines, Nordenfelt guns, a chain gun and various rocket launchers, but also his mighty foot to kick enemies. The game sports a high level of interactivity. Many objects in the environment can be broken or interacted with, such as pool tables, arcade machines, glass, light switches and security cameras. The protagonist is also able to hand strippers a dollars to have them remove their top.
The main character regularly delivers commentary on the events through one-liners. There are twenty-eight levels, divided over three episodes, set in locations such as streets, a church, a space station, a Japanese villa, a football field and many modern environments. Enemies mainly include aliens, mutated humans and members of the police force that have been turned into Pig Cops. Next to weapons, Duke also has access to medikits, steroids to enhance his speed, night vision, protective boots, a hologram known as the "holoduke", and a jetpack to reach higher areas. Most of the gameplay is action-oriented, but there is also an amount of puzzles needed to progress or access secret areas.
The game includes network play through the IPX protocol, for deathmatch and cooperative games.
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Action FiguresIn 1997 ReSaurus released Duke Nukem action figures. The only series released consists of: Duke Nukem, Night Strike Duke, OctaBrain, PigCop, BattleLord and the limited edition S.W.A.T. Duke Nukem.
The Australian OFLC, the Office of Film and Literature classification, refused to classify the uncensored version, which was distributed in the US as well as the UK. The local distributors were told that the game would not pass inspection of its uncensored form, so they released a crippled version with all violence, nudity, and language removed. Furthermore, the adult lock feature was permanently switched on.
Later, die-hard gamers developed a crack that allowed access to the uncensored version, and gamers were playing the proper game in no time. When the OFLC found out that this was happening, they recalled the game for reclassification and all copies of the game were withdrawn from sale around the country.
A court found that the censors had exceeded their authority, and irritated by the controversy, the distributors encouraged people to sign a petition that asked for an R18+ classification to be added to computer games.
In April 1997, the censors decided to release the US uncensored version of the game, but it is unclear why the OFLC changed their minds.
In 1999, a 24-year old Brazilian went on a shooting rampage in a Sao Paulo movie theater, killing 3 and wounding 8 more. It was made out to be influenced by a Duke Nukem 3D level as he was a computer buff... but he also suffered depression and traces of cocaine were found in his system. As a result, a judge banned the sale of the game in Brazil along with Doom, Mortal Kombat, Requiem: Avenging Angel, Blood, and Postal for being too violent and affecting the minds of gamers negatively.
On June 29, 1996, Duke Nukem 3D was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS.
Note: Indexed products by the BPjS/BPjM are illegal to sell or make available to minors in Germany and it is illegal to advertise for it in any form. But there is absolutely no law forbidding any adult to buy such a product. The only exception is when a game was in addition also confiscated (or put on the so-called "List B" for BPjM games), but this is rather seldom the case.
In this particularly case here, Duke Nukem 3D was just indexed, but not confiscated.
However, due to the fact that advertisement also means the presence of a product on the shelves of a store, the product will disappear from the public. But it can be bought in supporting stores "under the desk" (per request).
BPjS/BPjM = German Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Schriften/Medien = Federal Examination Office for Youth-Endangering Publications/Media.
Wal-Mart required special editions to be made before they would sell it. Identical to the original game in most aspects, they toned down the gore and removed nudity by permanently switching on parental lock.
Config FileThe config file is ASCII text and very easy to understand and modify. However, even though it should be possible to support VESA modes greater than 800x600 by modifying the config file, it crashes the game.
DevelopmentAccording to information from 3D Realms' own forums, at the beginning of the development of the game, they briefly considered making it a "first-person sidescroller". Not so hard to figure out why this idea was almost immediately abandoned.
Hidden Bonus GameThe Sega Saturn release features the hidden bonus game Death Tank Zwei, a multiplayer game for up to seven players. Gameplay is comparable to Worms, but the player only controls tanks and the game is real-time. To unlock it, either destroy each and every toilet in the game or open a savegame from Quake or Powerslave.
Lame DukeThe developers released Lame Duke on the first anniversary of Duke Nukem 3D. This was a very early beta version that was spread for free on the internet. It was called "lame" because it actually is lame, almost everything changed compared to the released version.
Parental LockPutting on the parental lock doesn't really remove the strippers; it just makes them invisible. They can still block the player's way, and pressing the spacebar against them, Duke will still give them money and say "Shake it, baby".
PortsThe game also left his mark on the world of console gaming with conversions to most game platforms available at its time, sadly none achieved a success similar to its original incarnation. The PSX's conversion although faithful was seriously flawed to the point of being unplayable. The N64 conversion added new weapons, levels, and enemies (some even 3D-rendered) but completely G-rated the game removing the girls, the "Duke-talk", etc. Interestingly enough the most faithful conversion ended up being the SEGA Saturn one.
Speaking of the Saturn version, it does not use a port of the Build engine. Instead, the game was recreated using the SlaveDriver engine, which was also used in Powerslave. Lobotomy Software made both games.
QuotesDuke says "It's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum... and I'm all outta gum". This is almost the same as something Roddy "Rowdy" Piper says in the John Carpenter movie They Live: "I've come to kick ass and chew gum - and I'm all out of gum!"
Some other quotes from Duke, such as "Groovy!", are inspired by Ash, the main character of the Evil Dead movie trilogy, played by Bruce Campbell. Campbell was not very happy about this though, and he has been very vocal about the issue. Consider this interview with Verbosity:
V: Are you familiar with the game Duke Nukem 3-D? If so, are you aware of the similarities between its lead character and Ash in the way of mentality and catch phrases? Are you flattered by this sort of "borrowing" of your work?(Full text)
Or, this interview with IGN for Men:
IGN For Men: "The Duke Nukem videogame character is obviously an homage to you, at least your attitude..."(Full text)
Sound and MusicThe game applied a real-time audio effect to its sounds. When going underwater, a calculated reverb was applied to all sounds.
The metal group Megadeth made a cover of the theme song.
Source CodeAfter many years of requests from fans, 3D Realms released the source code for Duke Nukem 3D on April 1, 2003.
Spin-OffAction Forms was working on a hunting game spin-off of Duke Nukem 3D called Duke Nukem: Endangered Species. The game was to feature hunting strange animals in suburban locales but was canceled.
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