3D Realms Kicks the Bucket

May 7, 2009

The rather humorously titled Slashdot article Duke Nukem For Never, reports that 3D Realms, once among the brightest computer game developers, has closed for good. This is pretty sad for me, as I was once a major fan of the company's games. So big a fan, in fact, that I maintained a little Map Editing FAQ for the Build game engine. In essence, that document and those games are what got me publishing on the web in the first place. It's hard to believe that was 13 years ago.

I can't say I'm surprised that the company has gone out of business, however. They've made a bunch of poor choices over the past few years, and have essentially released no new self-developed titles since 1997's Shadow Warrior (which was a great game). It will be interesting to see what happens to whatever actually exists of Duke Nukem Forever.

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