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14-Year-Old Video Game to Hit Store Shelves, Finally

14-Year-Old Video Game to Hit Store Shelves, Finally (photo)

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In December 2009, Clive Thompson wrote an obituary in Wired magazine for “Duke Nukem Forever”. Here we are a little over a year later with not only a new “Duke Nukem Forever” trailer, but a rock solid release date — and the publisher means it this time. How did things finally go right for the game that went wrong?

7 months before Thompson penned that article, in May 2009, “Duke Nukem Forever” developer 3D Realms laid off the team that, while compiled at the time mostly of newcomers, had broken ground on the game’s code in 1997, over a decade earlier.

The terminations were followed almost immediately by leaked assets — screenshots, character models, pictures of in-game objects — along with a lawsuit from publisher Take-Two against 3D Realms for failing to complete the project.

After plenty of finger pointing, the dispute was dismissed in 2010, but during this time, fired employees continued to sculpt the game, privately. “Duke” became something of a passion project, not unlike it had for the original, smaller team behind “Duke Nukem 3D”.

The band of rebel programmers and designers took the name Triptych Games and contacted Randy Pitchford of Gearbox Software, the developers of surprise hit “Borderlands”, Pitchford had cut his teeth on an expansion to “Duke Nukem 3D” and decided to see “Forever” through, installing Triptych in the Gearbox offices to collaborate on and complete the game.

And now we have begun to see the results of Pitchford’s gutsy move. May 3, 2001 in North America and May 6th, 2011 worldwide will see the first release of a dead game brought back to life… fingers crossed.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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