One Way Duke Nukem Forever Was Similar To Half-Life

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It's something more than one person noticed while playing Gearbox's critical lemon Duke Nukem Forever—the game does have a few things in common with Valve's much-heralded masterpiece Half-Life. No really!

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford agrees, but says that the similarities only go so far. After all, Duke Nukem Forever is closer to base fare like The Hangover than it is to highbrow art like Citizen Kane. He talks about all that and much more in a lengthy and enjoyable interview over at Eurogamer.

But it is very base content. It's difficult for some people. When Duke's girlfriends get kidnapped and they're impregnated by the alien, and they're about to die, and they say, 'Duke, save us!' And he says, 'Well, looks like you're f***ed!', making a joke about the fact they were impregnated. It's very hard for a lot of people to laugh at that and just take it as a silly commentary. Like, it's a stupid video game and it's making fun of itself for being that.


It's one thing to be critical of a game's base content, but I dunno, I was mostly critical of the fact that DNF didn't feel good or play well. But that's just me!

Duke Nukem Forever: A Discussion with Randy Pitchford [Eurogamer]

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Luke Plunkett

Aside from, you know. The fact they both began development in the 1990s.