Vice Waypoint Article: Why Do People Still Care About ‘Duke Nukem Forever’ So Much?

Patrick Klepek is the Senior Writer at Vice’s Waypoint, and he’s been covering video games for more than 20 years.  In his latest article, he writes about the circumstances surrounding the Duke Nukem Forever 2001 build leak and the worldwide attention it has garnered to date.  Here’s a snippet:

Earlier this month, a surprisingly complete early version of Duke Nukem Forever, the sequel to the groundbreaking Duke Nukem 3D that introduced a generation to the concept of interacting with a digital toilet that flushed, was released anonymously onto the internet. It’s a game that looks hugely different from the one that would later ship more than a decade later to much fanfare but little acclaim, a testament to the well-documented development hell—an endless process of rebooting both the game’s design and technology—the game endured. got a mention in this article, so be sure to go and check it out!