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EDuke32 Add-on Compilation

Category: Duke3D
by Yatta, on Wed Dec 24 2014, 06:31pm

Since mid-2013, I had been working on a pack of Duke3D addons which can be easily run from within the EDuke32 launcher by using the grpinfo feature. The result is a collection of about 60 groupfiles containing about 670 levels, over 1.1 GB of data (uncompressed). It works really easily: It comes as an additional folder ("addons") which contains all the groupfiles, you add -jaddons to your EDuke32 shortcut and see all the groupfiles in the launcher afterwards.

Please see the readme file for full details.

As of today, the project is finished! You can download it on the HRP website (scroll to the bottom of the "Download" section). Enjoy!

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Happy 20th, Rise of the Triad!

Category: 3D Realms
by Yatta, on Tue Dec 23 2014, 06:14pm

I moved from Pennsylvania to Texas in December of 1992.  I took a job with 3D Realms (then just called Apogee Software).  I left a company of 70,000 to come work for a videogame company in Garland of around 20 or so (most of that was order takers at the time).    I stayed there from Dec 1992 to May of 2009 when a bunch of us were notably laid off during the development of Duke Nukem Forever.   During all that time I either participated in or was witness to the development of a boatload of games.  But in all that time I was a true developer in just one of them.   That was Rise of the Triad.

Read the full story over at Joe's blog.

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3D Realms Website Relaunched

Category: 3D Realms
by Yatta, on Thu Oct 23 2014, 08:04pm

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Revisiting the Original 3D Realms Offices

Category: 3D Realms
by Yatta, on Thu Sep 25 2014, 02:29am

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Why're there no Duke Nukem slot machines yet?

Category: Duke Nukem
by Yatta, on Thu Sep 18 2014, 03:58pm

It's insane. Everyone knows that Duke Nukem is the epitome of badass, and epic characters get to have their own slot machines now. He is one of the most iconic heroes in the U.S. of all time but apparently, we neither see him in brick-and-mortar casino establishments nor on online gaming sites. Not cool, casino game developers.

Casinos now feature hundreds of slot games based on iconic comic book heroes and the pop culture in order to tap the young adults market. IGT, provider of games for Castle Jackpot Online Slots, is one of the pioneers of this idea, developing slots for the fans of Tomb Raider, The Dark Night, Agent 47 of the Hitman, and many other games. If IGT or any other slot gaming developer out there is looking for a new icon to capitalize on, they shouldn’t look further than the Duke of badassery himself. Here are a few reasons why.

The Duke Nukem franchise is big

Perhaps the most difficult process in the creation of slot machines is choosing a theme for them. A Batman slot, no matter how popular Bruce Wayne’s alter ego is, would be boring if all the slots made after Gotham’s masked detective featured the same game play and idea. Thankfully, Batman has a lot of titles (The Dark Knight, Batman and Robin, Batman Returns, etc.) so game developers won’t have a difficult time thinking about a theme for a new Batman slot. The same thing goes for Duke Nukem. To date, the game has a total of 4 main series, 4 expansion packs, and 13 spin offs including Total Meltdown and Zero Hour. A game developer who’d use The Duke for their slots will have tons of ready-made themes to choose from!

Duke Nukem has a huge fanbase

And a loyal one at that. In fact, perhaps Duke's fans are the most hardcore of them all. Any fan of the Duke knows the fiasco of Duke Nukem Forever. The game took 15 years to develop due to a lot of overhauls both in the game and the studio that develops it. While everyone thought Duke Nukem Forever will forever remain a fantasy, die-hard fans knew the day of its release would eventually come. In 2011, the game got out and the fans rejoiced. No one forgot the Duke even if he went hiatus for more than a decade.

So, is a Duke Nukem slot machine a good idea? Absolutely! Duke Nukem came out during the time when PlayStation 1 catered to millions of teens around the world. Those teens are now adults, making Duke Nukem the perfect game to attract the young adult demographic.

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3D Realms Kickass Moments Contest

Category: 3D Realms
by Yatta, on Thu Sep 04 2014, 06:55am


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Duke Nukem 3D Running on the Oculus Rift DK2 with Positional Tracking

Category: Duke3D
by Yatta, on Tue Sep 02 2014, 01:15am

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Duke Hard Mod Released!

Category: Duke3D
by Yatta, on Mon Jun 23 2014, 05:19am

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No Gum Needed - Bombshell Announced

Category: 3D Realms
by Green, on Thu May 15 2014, 12:39pm

From the creators of 2013’s Rise of the Triad comes Bombshell, an isometric action role-playing game for PC and PlayStation 4. Bomb Disposal Specialist turned mercenary for hire, Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison must strong-arm her way across 4 planets in an Unreal Engine-powered galatic adventure to rescue the president from an apocalyptic alien threat. With out-of-this-world enemies, a never-before-seen arsenal of devastating weaponry and a host of genre-crossing mechanics, Bombshell is set to blow you away.
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3D Realms, Apogee acquired by Interceptor Entertainment

Category: 3D Realms
by Yatta, on Sun Mar 02 2014, 06:49pm

Update March 3rd, 2014.
Press Release
Investment Firm Behind Interceptor Entertainment Acquires 3D Realms

Aalborg, Denmark - March 3rd, 2014 - Danish investment firm, SDN Invest, has acquired Apogee Software, Ltd d/b/a 3D Realms (not to be confused with Apogee Software, LLC - publishers of Rise of the Triad) SDN Invest is part-owner and principal investor in Denmark-based game studio and Rise of the Triad developer, Interceptor Entertainment. Effective immediately, the new CEO of 3D Realms will be Mike Nielsen. Mr. Nielsen also serves as Chairman of the Board at Interceptor.

SDN Invest was founded by Nielsen when he stepped down as CEO of - a leading online retailer in Northern Europe which he co-founded in 2002 - to focus on investing in companies with potential.

“3D Realms is legendary for its contributions to the gaming industry.” Remarked Nielsen, the newly appointed CEO. “As both the pioneer of the shareware model and an always generous partner who has provided both funding and guidance to game studios such as id Software, Parallax Software, Remedy Entertainment, and many others. 3D Realms has also developed, co-developed, and co-financed such hits as Commander Keen, Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein 3D, Rise of the Triad, Raptor, Shadow Warrior and Prey. There are only a handful of independent studios with a better track record of original games. Yet even with this stellar track record, we hope we can take the company to new heights."

“3D Realms has always been a defining partthe PC games industry.” Added Frederik Schreiber, CEO of Interceptor Entertainment. “Getting 3D Realms under our wings is a huge step for us and we are extremely excited about the acquisition.” 

Scott Miller, co-founder of 3D Realms concluded, “My long time partner George Broussard and I are extremely proud of our past, especially as developers who always tried to partner with up-and-coming studios who just needed their break. Our history shows we did that throughout the 1990s & 2000s, and I expect the new 3D Realms to continue with this tradition in full force. Our industry needs more good guys, who honor the profession and fellow hard-working developers."

Interceptor Entertainment CEO Frederik Schreiber confirmed the news on our forums as well his Twitter account today, and said that more news will follow soon. 
According to Danish newspaper Børsen, Mike Nielsen is the newly appointed CEO of Apogee Software and 3D Realms.
Neither Gearbox nor Interceptor Entertainment said how this will affect Duke: Nukem Mass Destruction, but Interceptor said it will have an official statement tomorrow.

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