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Duke Nukem vs Take Two
10:21 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story

Duke Nukem Forever, or as some like to call it, Duke Nukem Never, is now in its fifth year of development. That's right....five years. Last shown in 2001, the game has been druming up recent talk when it was revealed that the game would not be shown at last month's Electronic Entertainment Expo. Has it been cancelled? When will it ship? Those are the questions that have been floating around the Internet recently.

The game is indeed still in development, but the publisher of Duke Nukem Forever, Take Two Interactive, vented its frustration with the delay in the game by taking a $5.5 million write-down on their earnings due to the game's "extended development time". Take Two CEO Jeff Lapin went on to say, "we're just hopeful that [3D Realms] will finish it."

What ensued was a war of words from the developer, 3D Realms. In a column on CNN, Chris Morris checks out the supposed rift between the developer and publisher.

Here's a clip:

The relationship between publishers and game developers can sometimes be a rocky one. But that animosity is usually kept fairly quiet, at least until the game has been released.

Occasionally, though, the hostilities boil over - and the resulting public spectacle becomes a titanic battle of egos. We're in the midst of one of those fights these days, with Take Two Interactive and 3D Realms sharing the pugilistic spotlight. For the past several months, the publisher of blockbuster titles such as "Grand Theft Auto" and the developer of the wildly popular "Duke Nukem" franchise have been taking increasingly hostile public shots at each other. And there's no telling where ? or when - it might end.

To sure to check out the rest of the column by following the link below.

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