History YMMV / DukeNukem

2nd Aug '15 3:55:30 PM Kaxis19999
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* DeaderThanDisco: In the late '90s, was quite possibly the coolest video game hero (or rather, AntiHero) in existence. ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' was seen as a landmark shooter, not just for its at-the-time awe-inspiring sense of freedom, but for the wisecracking, steroid-pumped babe-magnet that was Duke himself. Anticipation for his follow-up game, ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'', was through the roof.\\
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Unfortunately, Duke's time in the spotlight would not last long. ''Duke Nukem Forever'' had a notoriously long and chaotic development history (detailed [[DevelopmentHistory/DukeNukemForever here]]), with the final game not being released until 2011, more than ''14 years'' after it was announced -- and when it ''was'' finally released, it was a dud, not just for its clunky gameplay and half-baked ideas, but also for falling victim to [[SocietyMarchesOn changing social mores]]. What was once seen as possibly the most awesome and badass protagonist in all of gaming was now seen as [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero a racist, misogynistic, juvenile pervert]]. Gearbox (the company that ''finally'' finished and released the game) vehemently defended the game, saying that players simply didn't get its humor, but the general consensus was that the game's "humor" fell horribly flat, especially in the wake of games like the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series that managed to deliver similar edgy, boundary-breaking humor with more intelligence and maturity. While there has been talk of a possible franchise reboot, it's more likely that ''Duke Nukem Forever'' will (ironically enough) be the last game where he'll be seen.



* MemeticBadass: Take a guess who. Just look at him!

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* MemeticBadass: Take a guess who. Just look at him!
11th Oct '14 12:13:37 PM SuperLlama
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** ''VideoGame/DukeNukemII'' explicitly says that he's so vain that he likes to collect his own memorabilia (which is a primary source of points in the game.)
14th Jun '12 11:19:13 PM MosquitoMan
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* MemeticBadass: Take a guess who. Just look at him!
26th Sep '11 1:36:18 PM Micah
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* AwesomeEgo: Duke is a self-centered, politically incorrect chauvinist bastard. And the fans love him for it, both in and out of universe.
19th Jun '11 8:20:36 AM AMNK
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** At the end of episode 2 in Duke 3D, before fighting the boss, Duke states that he'll rip of his head and shit down his neck. Cut to the post-boss battle cutscene where Duke follows through on the promise.
* GoddamnedBats:
** Duke Nukem II has several:
*** The small spider creatures that [[PersonalSpaceInvader latch onto Duke]] (some even fall from the ceiling) and drain his health until you shake them off
*** The slug-like creatures that throw their eyeballs at you, then explode into a shower of eyeballs when you kill them
*** The ships that fly overhead and drop bombs with a rather huge blast radius; if you don't have anything besides the default weapon you're practically guaranteed to get hit (and even if you shoot the bomb as it's falling, it blows up anyway and the explosion will probably travel downwards far enough to still hit you)
*** The panther-like creatures made of green slime
*** The small ships in the first level of episode 2 which don't appear until you're practically on top of them
*** The hopping one-eyed robots.
** The flying cameras in ''Manhattan Project'' would also qualify. They fly around, shoot lasers at you, and if they succeed in ramming you, they explode!



* SequelDisplacement: Anybody remember Duke Nukem or Duke Nukem II?
* [[ThatOneLevel That One Episode]]: Episode 4 in the PS1 version (especially on [[IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels Come Get Some]]) due to the shortage of ammo throughout the levels.
25th Mar '11 10:21:50 AM AMNK
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* AndTheFandomRejoiced: ''Duke Nukem Forever no longer {{Vaporware}}.''
** And that the game will be around 17 hours long, will have multiplayer back, and that the boobies remain.



* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The main theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CezOHqlXAFY "Grabbag"]], to the point that even {{Megadeth}} [[CoverVersion covered]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW_9SGrc4Oo it]].
* EarWorm: "[=GrabBag=]", the title music of ''[=DN3D=]''. An MP3 of it is available for download from the composer's site.



** From ''Duke 3D'':
*** The Protozoid Slimers, which hatch from eggs, hide in vents, and climb up on your screen, tearing you apart unless you kick 'em quickly. They're pretty hard to hit in the open, too. Luckily one hit of anything kills them if you can connect, including the otherwise damage-less Shrinker.
*** Similarly, the kamikaze drones are equally as annoying and probably more dangerous.



* GoodBadBugs:
** In [=v1.3D=], the first shipped full version of Duke [=3D=], you could select the Mighty Foot as a weapon and then kick with the melee button, at the same time! Result: Duke somehow manages to run around while both of his feet are on screen, whacking enemies. (Un)fortunately fixed in later versions.
** The Build engine is notorious for its flaws that allows mapmakers to come up with interesting map ideas. [[http://dukerepository.com/maps/Bizarre Bizarre]] takes this fact and drives it straight into Mindscrew territory.
** There is the possibility that you can die as you're exiting the level. If that happens, you start the next level with your stuff intact and 100 health.



* NightmareFuel: All the babes that have been captured by the aliens in ''Duke Nukem 3D''. Unless you're playing the Nintendo 64 version, all you can do is either kill them or leave them to their fate. Even worse is the poor woman in the intro in Episode 4: The Birth. As if [[spoiler: being impregnated and giving birth to the alien's new Queen]] isn't bad enough, there are [[spoiler: alien troopers surrounding her, watching with joy as she screams in agony and presents them with their abomination of a ruler]]. I hate to imagine what became of her after that...[[spoiler: if she even survived the ordeal]].
5th Mar '11 10:13:31 AM Nyarly
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* GoodBadBugs:
** In [=v1.3D=], the first shipped full version of Duke [=3D=], you could select the Mighty Foot as a weapon and then kick with the melee button, at the same time! Result: Duke somehow manages to run around while both of his feet are on screen, whacking enemies. (Un)fortunately fixed in later versions.
** The Build engine is notorious for its flaws that allows mapmakers to come up with interesting map ideas. [[http://dukerepository.com/maps/Bizarre Bizarre]] takes this fact and drives it straight into Mindscrew territory.
** There is the possibility that you can die as you're exiting the level. If that happens, you start the next level with your stuff intact and 100 health.
25th Feb '11 6:51:34 AM ThisIsMadness91
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* NightmareFuel: All the babes that have been captured by the aliens in ''Duke Nukem 3D''. Unless you're playing the Nintendo 64 version, all you can do is either kill them or leave them to their fate. Even worse is the poor woman in the intro in Episode 4: The Birth. As if [[spoiler: being impregnated and giving birth to the alien's new Queen]] isn't bad enough, there are [[spoiler: alien troopers surrounding her, watching with joy as she screams in agony and presents them with their abomination of a ruler]]. I hate to imagine what became of her after that...[[spoiler: if she even survived the ordeal]].
31st Jan '11 4:48:02 PM AMNK
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* HellIsThatNoise: The siren in ''Duke Nukem Advance''. Even worse, [[ParanoiaFuel it doubles as]] CriticalAnnoyance.
* SequelDisplacement: Anybody remember Duke Nukem or Duke Nukem II?
10th Dec '10 7:09:18 AM AMNK
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** At the end of episode 2 in Duke 3D, before fighting the boss, Duke states that he'll rip of his head and shit down his neck. Cut to the post-boss battle cutscene where Duke follows through on the promise.
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