For many a year, Duke Nukem Forever has been the punchline to vapourware jokes. Yet with the recent announcement that Gearbox Software is picking the game up, faith has been magically restored. Forums are filled with I-told-you-so fanboys proclaiming "Always bet on Duke", and there's every confidence the studio riding off of Borderlands' success can finally bring it home.
Whether the Duke can reach Australian shores, however, is a different bet entirely.
Duke is a man's man. He takes a leak when he needs to:
He enjoys the company of reputable women:
And when life gets tough, he relies on Nukem brand steroids:
This was all ok when Duke Nukem 3D came out, and we had a different ratings system. But the Classification Board has demonstrated that incentive & reward from drug use is a black & white issue. Fallout 3 evaded the banhammer by renaming its Morphine, and another NFL game, Blitz: The League, was denied outright for featuring in-game use of performance-enhancing drugs.
If Duke Nukem 3D is anything to go by, this muscle juice will be usable in-game, and provide positive benefits. Which means if the name of this drug doesn't change, DNF has about as much chance getting through as Duke has actually finding his bubble gum.
So will Gearbox edit this otherwise cheesy, tongue-in-cheek power-up? Or perhaps the Duke has a medical condition, such as chronic asthma, which would legally justify its use? Kotaku Au has raised the issue with 2K, who will hopefully respond with good news.