Seeing all the retro gaming and virtual console gaming going on lately made me nostalgic about my early PC gaming years. One of the games I remember as striking was Duke Nukem 3D.
I remember seeing the game for the first time at my cousin’s house; I was playing innocent childish games at the time on my 486 (like Doom, and Doom 2 ;) ), and I saw him playing dn3d on his Pentium during a visit.
When I got home I started downloading the dn3d shareware (that took a long wait on our 36.6 modem ;) ) and proceeded to play it. The game was so awesome, so interactive, unlike many of the games I was playing at the time like Doom, Wolfenstein 3d, 2d scrollers, 2d arcade, early RTS games, Sim City 2k and uh, Microsoft flight simulator 6 :P. It had everything an eleven year old could want: aliens, mutant police manpigs, shotguns, sushi, and strippers. The graphics were awesome for the day, and it had multi player deathmatching (modem, nullmodem, ipx or TEN). Duke could even use the toilets, pay the strippers, and sing “born to be wild” at a karaoke bar.
So when about a year ago when i was looking for a game to play on a old, slow, SIS integrated graphics computer, I remembered fondly dn3d and proceeded to search for w32 ports of the game.
Seriously, where can you find a game today that has scenes like this:
- Duke sees overlord (2nd chapter boss): “I’ll rip off your head and shit down your throat!”
- Duke kills overlord
- cut scene: Duke rips off overlord’s head, throws off his jet pack, takes out a newspaper and unbuckles his pants, sits on overlords neck, takes dump while whistling Duke Nukem 3d’s theme song.
While eduke32 is free, you need a copy of Duke Nukem 3d to use it, as only the source code for DN3D was released under the GPL, but the textures, maps and audio were not. the installer prompts you for the location of the DUKE3D.GRP file.
One of the best things about the “new” DN3D, is that eduke32 renders the game perfectly in Open GL, at any resolution you choose, including wide screen resolutions. Also, the previous game characters have been upgraded, changed from sprites used in the old game to full 3d models in the HRP.
One of the fun things about Duke Nukem, other than the interactivity, is that Duke occasionally spits out a few gems like:
It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and I’m all outta gum!
Or the ultimate classic:
Guess again, freakshow. Duke’s coming back to town, and the last thing that’s gonna go through your mind before you die… is my size 13 boot!
one of my favorites is also:
That’s one doomed space marine
Dukenukem 3d is definitely a classic, and still good for hours of gameplay, especially with the HRP. I’ve had alot of fun playing it again.
And last but not least: