Were you one of the eleven people waiting for the Duke Nukem game that was supposed to come to the PlayStation Portable? Still bummed that it never came out? All hope is not lost. A disc containing the source code for Duke Nukem: Critical Mass was recently found in Washington, D.C. But getting at the guts of the thing was no easy task.
The Library of Congress gets about 400 video games a year, via the Copyright registration process. Most of those are games that come to the Library in their final published state. One nondescript DVD-R was different, though. It had the PSP version of Duke Nukem: Critical Mass on it, a game that publisher Apogee Software had talked up as part of a portable trilogy. A snippet of the game can be seen here:
After Gearbox took control of all things Duke Nukem, Apogee was supposedly going to release the game under another name but that re-titled creation apparently never came out. That game never came out. Here's processing technician David Gibson on the discovery: