Gaming Nexus: Does Duke Nukem Matter Anymore?

dnf1.jpgGaming Nexus’ Charles Husemann has put out an opinion piece questioning the relevance of Duke Nukem in a time when Gorden Freeman, Kratos and Masterchief have become the new heroic icons. The article asks the question – Is this walking cliché straight from the first Bush administration still a character we can identify with, or is he too much of an overgrown boy scout with heavy weapons?

Gaming Nexus: While there is some nostalgia to the character he’s a product of a by-gone era and I don’t think people are going to settle for such a poor shell of a character any more. Let’s be honest, at this point Duke Nukem feels a bit like the creepy 30 year old guy who’s hitting on high school girls at the mall.

Even the multiplayer aspect of Duke Nukem has been left far behind with today’s destructible environments and complex multilevel scenarios.

Duke Nukem 3D also had some of the best multiplayer I’ve ever played (we still fire it up at LAN parties from time to time) but the bar has been raised significantly by the Halo and Call of Duty games.  Sure you can’t shrink anyone and then step on them in these games but I can kill people with a flying toilet in Half Life 2 and that’s just as good.

By the time they update the game and the character, the Duke will be unrecognizable.

Read Charles Husemann’s biting, satirical look at Duke Nukem on Gaming Nexus .

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6 Comments on Gaming Nexus: Does Duke Nukem Matter Anymore?

somewhat

On March 1, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Sometimes a memory is best left a memory, as it tends to become more and more embellished with the years. If this edition of a Duke game ever makes release, it had better be Halo3 on crack wrapped in a large bun of COD4 slathered in steroids. And I believe that would be a minimum requirement. Oh, and to appease the masses, it better come out on PC 24 hours before any console version, lest mobs of angry 30 somethings go raging about the streets at the midnight launch. It was THE game back then, but lets face it, the times they are a changin’. Having said that, blasting stuff without having to think first does make for a good game.

PeeWee

On March 1, 2008 at 5:46 pm

Oh, come on! Duke Nukem is one of the coolest characters out there! if we should scrap someone, lets scrap super mario, samus, or any other of the characters that Nintendo keeps milking for money! Duke does matter!

Jarkish

On March 2, 2008 at 4:39 pm

@PeeWee

what are you talking about? all of the characters you mentioned are awesome! if anyone should get scrapped its Mr. Game and Watch….hes been milked longer than any other nintendo character. and btw, just cuz they still use mario and samus and others, doesnt make it a bad game. Metroid Prime 3 is one of the best shooters out there, like the 3rd best or something.

mr r

On March 3, 2008 at 8:25 am

you’re a real knob-head

penith

On March 3, 2008 at 8:29 am

charlie hugewoman has simply lost touch with his inner child, hail to the king baby.

john

On March 5, 2008 at 8:45 pm

BOYSCOUT??~!?! lol has this idiot ever played a duke nukem game. duke is the most bad ass, no rules apply, womanizer. it’s been 7 years since the last duke so of course you can’t compare it to todays games. this is why your website is crap.