The Spawn of Duke
Not to be confused with Todd McFarlane's epic about a government stooge turned satanic warrior, the Spawn of Duke refers to the ways in which our contemporary Duke has influenced society since his arrival on January 29, 1996 AD (after Duke). Since the fateful release date of Duke Nukem 3D, the world has never been the same. Here's a look at how the latest offerings in the long line of Nukem has affected the world at large.
Music to Score By - The Duke Soundtrack
|Duke in 3D!|
With a title appropriate for his royal Dukeness, this CD (available at most online music sites) carries some big names. Megadeth does a cover of the Duke theme song for the disc's opening track, and Wu-Tang Clan and Sevendust also kick in a couple of songs for your fragging pleasure. Not surprisingly, the CD contains the "Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics" warning, but hey, like that's going to stop anyone. We've included a brief sample of the Duke theme song.
The CD also contains a multimedia section you can use on your PC, if the music isn't enough on its own. On it are the Time To Kill Interactive Strategy Guide, Windows screen savers and wallpaper, a behind-the-scenes photo look at the making of the Duke Nukem: Zero Hour commercial, shareware versions of Duke Nukem and Duke Nukem 3D, .wav files of Duke one-liners, and web links to related sites.
These bad-boy figurines can adorn your PC or other place of slaughter with a little gluing and a lot of loving. Each is more than seven inches tall and has as much minute detail as Duke's 3D worlds. Created by the toy firm Resaurus, each Duke figurine comes with a Duke Nukem and Terminal Velocity shareware CD, a bloody knife, two MP5 machine guns, and the Devastator. Fans who purchase a limited-edition Internet version of the shareware will also get a freezethrower (only one box out of every dozen on the store shelves will have it). Duke costs $12.99 and only 36,000 of them were made.
Duke Nukem: The Movie
We're short on info at this point, but there are rumors circling the entertainment industry that producer Lawrence Kasanoff (Mortal Kombat, Terminator 2) is working on a film version of the Duke game to be released in 2000. Casting calls have yet to go out, so any rumors that you hear about a specific actor playing Duke are just that - rumors. (Author's note: The first time I saw the trailer for Kurt Russell's film Soldier I thought I was watching a preview for the new Duke movie.) Regardless, the plot opens up with our hero relaxing in a strip club when some aliens show up and things turn nasty. Before you can say "Shake it baby," the alien leader is full of righteous indignation at the loss of his troops and feels that Earth's total annihilation is more than just retribution. Lights, camera, action....
|Duke branches out|
As mentioned previously, it's a testament to 3D Realms' simple code that countless maps, monsters, and weapons have been created by independent programmers (and many are still in progress). There have been mods designed to emulate everything from Star Trek to Men in Black to a Navy SEAL training mission to a mission based on a North American territorial war (Canadian Carnage).
Perhaps one of the most intensive conversions is a complete cosmetic Duke game makeover to the style of the horrors seen in Saving Private Ryan. Though some of the efforts are slightly misguided (a Saving Private Ryan deathmatch seems rather odd), you have to admire the effort of the programmers responsible.
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