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Duke Nukem Forever PC Uses Steamworks

By - Source: Gearbox | B 49 comments

The PC version of Duke Nukem Forever will arrive with support for Valve's Steam platform.

Tuesday Gearbox Software and 2K Games said that the PC version of Duke Nukem Forever will include Steamworks when it ships in May.

"What does this mean for you?" Gearbox asked on the Duke Nukem Forever forums. "It means that regardless of where or how you buy Duke Nukem Forever on PC, your purchase will be tied to your Steam account, ensuring that you'll always be able to install a copy of the game even if you lose your disc."

The move isn't surprising, but the news now leaves us wondering what will happen in regards to brick-and-mortar retailers who are opposed to selling PC games packaged with Steamworks. As it stands now, the selection of PC games is limited at best, reduced to a few shelves or a small, standalone rack as opposed to the countless shelves mounted on each wall exclusively for console games. Banning Steam-based PC games would mean an even lesser selection-- and possibly no Duke Nukem Forever at all.

"If we have a digital service, then I don't want to start selling a rival in-store," said one retailer executive.

But presently GameStop is still signed up to offer the $89.99 PC version of the Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steel bundle featuring a collectible bust of our favorite action hero, a 100-page hardcover book, poker chips, a mini-card deck and other collectibles.

Those who pre-order the PC version now will receive an additional DLC Pack called Duke's Big Package which includes the Ego Boost, Big Heads and Lady Killing War-Drobe mods. Pre-ordering also buys a ticket into the Early Access Club which grants first dibs on the demo (read: Duke Nukem Forever demo on PC!), exclusive assets, developer access and other goodies.

Duke Nukem Forever arrives on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC on May 3, 2011.

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    reprotected , February 16, 2011 5:23 PM
    First I saw Steam in Steamworks, so I was happy, then I saw Steamworks, and I was disappointed, then I clicked the article and found out it was coming to Steam, so I was once again happy.
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    lradunovic77 , February 16, 2011 5:31 PM
    lol is this for real or Duke Nukem is really coming again after so many years?
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    MxM , February 16, 2011 5:35 PM
    FTA "ensuring that you'll always be able to install a copy of the game even if you lose your disc."

    No, it ensures that you can not loan game to a friend or sell it. If they just worry about re-downloading the game, they could have give you ability to run the game without STEAM, and a STEAM code for your copy, so that you could register it with STEAM if you want to.

    OH! The twisting of truth!
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    davewolfgang , February 16, 2011 5:37 PM
    Yup, if Steam didn't "have" to install a program on MY computer to work - I might think more of it.

    But since it does - it won't ever get used by me.
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    jpmucha , February 16, 2011 5:39 PM
    I never thought I'd say this, but I almost exclusively buy my games on Steam. I've repurchased things on Steam so I can get rid of the box... I don't know what's wrong with me :) 
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    whiteout506 , February 16, 2011 5:45 PM
    I was actually thinking about skipping Duke Nukem Forever in favor of my already reserved copy of Bulletstorm, but now that I see the goodies in the Balls of Steel edition, I'm tempted to pre-order it. :p 
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    Trueno07 , February 16, 2011 5:46 PM
    I would take a platform where Publishers feel comfortable releasing their games on over have the option to share my games with others.

    I can't share a game if it's never released [on PC].
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    wooodoggies , February 16, 2011 5:49 PM
    WHY GOD WHHHYYYYY
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    Yuka , February 16, 2011 5:58 PM
    MxMFTA "ensuring that you'll always be able to install a copy of the game even if you lose your disc."No, it ensures that you can not loan game to a friend or sell it. If they just worry about re-downloading the game, they could have give you ability to run the game without STEAM, and a STEAM code for your copy, so that you could register it with STEAM if you want to. OH! The twisting of truth!


    No, that's just one way of reading it ;D

    And you can let your friends play your games over Steam ;D

    Cheers!
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    killbits , February 16, 2011 6:24 PM
    davewolfgangYup, if Steam didn't "have" to install a program on MY computer to work - I might think more of it. But since it does - it won't ever get used by me.


    You're installing a program on YOUR precious computer every time you get a new game anyway! Logic fail! Steam is no different. Why do you own a computer if you are too high and mighty to install programs on it?

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    porksmuggler , February 16, 2011 6:25 PM
    YukaNo, that's just one way of reading it ;DAnd you can let your friends play your games over Steam ;DCheers!


    No shill, that's exactly the point of linking the physical media to Steamworks. It's DRM, which is fine, but it also prevents resell, which is not.

    Steam is great for their sales, I have lots of new games and not one over $20. The convenience is not having to drive to the store and likely pay double. It loses that convenience when you've already decided to buy a physical copy. Name any other property you have other than software, that you can't resell, or give away.
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    spleendamage , February 16, 2011 6:27 PM
    But what if you already pre-ordered Duke Nukem forever, like 12 years ago? Might as well pre-order again right?
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    g00fysmiley , February 16, 2011 6:30 PM
    if you don't liek steam don't buy it... this is one fo the few titles comign out that i'll pay full price for on release

    i'm loving the demo from when borderlands was 15 on steam (and 3 bucks for each of the 3 expantions)
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    dark_lord69 , February 16, 2011 6:30 PM
    That's perfectly fine with me. I would be happy to just buy all of my games via Steam. I don't need brick and morter stores with thier rip off prices and cashier jerks. (Yeah, in my experience most of them are jerks. The women tend to be friendly though.)
    Aside from all that don't see any need for a physical medium. Perhaps someday even the new console games will be on a sales platform similar to steam. Thus getting rid of gamestop and crappy game stores that charge excessive prices.
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    Trialsking , February 16, 2011 6:39 PM
    jpmuchaI never thought I'd say this, but I almost exclusively buy my games on Steam. I've repurchased things on Steam so I can get rid of the box... I don't know what's wrong with me
    I have the same problems. I love Steam. But I do feel bad for those with a slow internet connection. My old DSL was like 0.75MB connection so it took forever d/l install a steam game. My cable connection is now 15MB so about an hour for the average game.
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    michaelahess , February 16, 2011 7:06 PM
    Already got the Balls of Steal off Amazon, and now it'll link to my Steam account, things just keep getting better!
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    mastadisasta_31 , February 16, 2011 7:15 PM
    I only buy Digital copies now. D2D, Steam, Impulse, and GOG.com
    I have come across so many good deals. And I only purchase the deals. My only exception is pre-ordering Biowares games and The Witcher 2
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    mastadisasta_31 , February 16, 2011 7:18 PM
    Everyone needs to Pre-order The Witcher 2 from GOG.com. So we can show them all, that we are willing to fork out our hard earned middle class money for games that are DRM FREE. Yes The Witcher 2 is DRM Free if you pre-order from GOG.com
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    rooket , February 16, 2011 7:37 PM
    FRANK THE TANK SAYS F*** STEAM !


    seriously though, pretty cool. I like being able to reinstall my games without hunting down the disc. Although... it would be faster to find the disc and install it and not waste bandwidth hmm..
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    B-Unit , February 16, 2011 7:51 PM
    I hate having to wait an hour + for the game to install, but beyond that I love Steam.
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