Duke Nukem Tweets?! Also, Valve’s Working on DotA, Maybe, Possibly.
Good news! Evidently, we haven’t reached the Twitter event horizon, (the point at which we run out of new celebrity tweeters, and the distinction between substance and fluff is obliterated)! We know this because John St. John – that’s Mr. Duke Nukem to you plebs – has an account and we’re still able to tell the difference between news, and newsy-sounding gossip! See, John’s been busy tweeting about his work in the Video Gaming world all the live long day. For example, he implores his followers that:
“has no news yet about Duke Nukem Forever, so please don’t ask me. As soon as I know anything, I’ll be all over twitter with it. Promise!!!!! ”
Duly noted. But more important for our purposes is the little tidbit he dropped a couple of days ago:
“Had a great time in Seattle last week recording for DotA.”
DotA? What’s that, you ask? That’s Defense of the Ancients, a popular Warcraft 3 mod based on an Aeon of Strife map from StarCraft. In DotA you battle against opponents using “Hero” units to destroy each other’s buildings. Leveling up, demolitioning, nerd gasping ensues. It’s so good it’s become a standard at World Tournaments. If John St. John’s tweet can be trusted, it’ll soon be a stand alone game from Valve.
I’m not sure how a 2003 mod based on two separate Blizzard games will look/run on Source; it sounds like the video game equivalent of releasing a Sinatra/Django mashup produced by Kid Koala. Awesome, but will it work? If true, however, then we can at least know this: at some point in the not-too-distant future, we’re all going to stop speaking English and communicate solely using Valve’s venerable game engine.
Is this exciting news? Yes. But verified news? Hell nah. Valve hasn’t said anything official, and more tellingly, the tweet in question has been removed from John St. John’s twitter feed. Don’t believe me? See for yourself! This might mean he (whoopsie!) rubbed his NDA the wrong way. It might also mean he smoked too many herbal jazz cigarettes and made the whole thing up from whole cloth. Sigh. I guess we’ll just have to wait to see what Valve says before we can relax our abdominal muscles and celebrate.