Duke Nukem Forever Leaks to Torrent Sites

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Duke Nukem Forever Leaks to Torrent Sites

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I am shocked - shocked, I tell you! - by the news that Duke Nukem Forever has been leaked to torrent sites.

Pre-launch leaks of major videogames to torrent sites is becoming something of an industry ritual and in that light it's not really a surprise that, with a week to go before its June 14 release in North America, Duke Nukem Forever ended up floating around on public torrent sites. Both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 versions of the game are in the wild and although several fake DNF files have popped up in recent weeks, these are confirmed as the real deal. The warez group "Complex" is responsible for putting out the 360 version while "Duplex" covered PS3 duties.

While games like Crysis 2 and Killzone 3 have suffered pre-release piracy with little apparent impact on sales, some sites are suggesting that the Duke Nukem Forever leak could be more damaging because of the limited release of the demo, which kept it out of many gamers' hands, and the less-than-entirely-enthusiastic response among those who have been able to play it. Fair or not [and as we know from past experience, it's often not], negative reaction to the leak could be enough to torpedo the game.

It's also worth pointing out, I think, that while the 360 and PS3 versions of the game are running free, the PC version apparently is not. Maybe someone needs to explain to me one more time how publishers are shying away from the PC because of all the rampant piracy problems it suffers from.

Source: Neowin

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Hardly surprising in this day and age.

I'm getting the Collectors Edition either way.
Can't miss out on a bust of The Duke!

Though I'd love to get my hands on that demo, but alas, I have not pre-order.

I wonder, how did the game get leaked? A douche Gearbox employee or hackers?

Yes, PC gaming is dying because of piracy and this proves it.

PC piracy is ruining gaming!

Oh wait, PS3 and 360 only? Oh I know, let's ignore console piracy as always. Seems to work for developers and publishers so who am I to argue :/

SoloStoffe:
I wonder, how did the game get leaked? A douche Gearbox employee or hackers?

Probably neither. The game usually hits the shelves a couple of days before the official release date. Ignorant clerks don't know the release date and they will sell you the game. Or, clerks work with pirates. Both options are more plausible than hackers or douche employees.

console games are pretty much always released ~1 week prior to release. Just look at Infamous 2, wich came out last thursday on torrent sites. This is the work of some gamestop employee taking a copy and just ripping it and uploading it.

I expect people not even bothering to torrent it.

While games like Crysis 2 and Killzone 3 have suffered pre-release piracy with little apparent impact on sales, some sites are suggesting that the Duke Nukem Forever leak could be more damaging because of the limited release of the demo, which kept it out of many gamers' hands, and the less-than-entirely-enthusiastic response among those who have been able to play it. Fair or not [and as we know from past experience, it's often not], negative reaction to the leak could be enough to torpedo the game.

This would have been fixed, of course, by greater availability of the demo.

Unless it really is bad and they're trying to hide it.

But that's never happened before.

I wonder if anyone's gutsy enough to do a pre-review. XD

Andy Chalk:
some sites are suggesting that the Duke Nukem Forever leak could be more damaging because of the limited release of the demo, which kept it out of many gamers' hands

Whose brilliant idea was that anyway?
Demos only for people who pre-order the game. Seriously.

CryTek didn't lose out on sales because they expressed their desire to keep PC gamers in the loop, no matter what happens, as opposed to just using it as an opportunity to alienate them and focus on console-exclusive products. Gearbox needs to take a similar approach. They're dealing with an IP that people have been waiting around for for 12 years. Some will be anxious enough to play it illegally if they can get it early, no matter which platform it was leaked for. However, the fact that only console versions are out does serve to help the PC gamer cause for sure. The important thing is to understand the risks associated with so much hype and not blame the gamers.

Well my opinion based on the demo is that the game is shit, it could be a somewhat decent game on its own but as a duke game it really is shit, so can't see why anyone would want to priate it.

Well assuming that the PC really isn't out yet... this would be the exception to the normal for once.

fenrizz:
Hardly surprising in this day and age.

I'm getting the Collectors Edition either way.
Can't miss out on a bust of The Duke!

Though I'd love to get my hands on that demo, but alas, I have not pre-order.

And you plan on getting collectors edition? Umm... if this game is as nearly as popular as people imply, you're going to need more than good luck my friend.

I couldn't care less on this one. I'm neither excited for this game and I kinda think better games have attempted its premise of "Fun games must come first" and failed. Its becoming apparent that fun games should be indie titles, because they seem to do it best.

so everything BUT the PC version was leaked?
and when we are talking about piracy in the future we will completely ignore this since of course piracy is the downfall of PC gaming and not the fact that publishers prefer consoles since they are platforms that are easier to control.

Duke Nukem Forever has been a strange beast, from it's humble origins 12 years ago, and up until the week of it's release.
Piracy on consoles only. Oh Duke. u so crazy.

Copyright laws cannot contain the epic manliness that is Duke Nukem!

Apparently, Even the Duke sometimes accidently comes earlier then he expected.

90% of the comments are: "OMFG only 2 weapons? This sucks!"

9_6:

Andy Chalk:
some sites are suggesting that the Duke Nukem Forever leak could be more damaging because of the limited release of the demo, which kept it out of many gamers' hands

Whose brilliant idea was that anyway?
Demos only for people who pre-order the game. Seriously.

Demo isn't only for people who pre-order the game. Demo is for EVERYONE once the game comes out.

Some people got the demo early by buying Borderlands GOTY or by preordering Duke as a rather odd way for Gearbox to thank them for being good customers. But everyone gets the demo when the game comes out, so chill.

... its still the PC pirates fault, somehow...

... definetly.

Isn't it ?

Well, i feel for Gearbox. But no PC one (yet, most likely)?
Does it got something to do with it being launched on Steam?
I have no idea.
Anyways, hope it doesn't affect the company much.

is this really news worthy? seriously. it's like par for the course these days.

An open letter to John St.John and Gearbox Software:
I'm sure many would agree with me when I say that you should make a special trailer featuring Duke insulting/threatening these people. It would be quite amusing indeed.

This has been going on for quite a while. XBOX and PS versions get leaked way earlier than the PC one.

Andy Chalk:
Duke Nukem Forever leak could be more damaging because of the limited release of the demo, which kept it out of many gamers' hands, and the less-than-entirely-enthusiastic response among those who have been able to play it.

Dunno about anyone else, but I've been less-than-entirely-enthusiastic since I had the chance to play the demo.

ultratog1028:
Apparently, Even the Duke sometimes accidently comes earlier then he expected.

Zing!

Honestly, I'm not sure this'll impact sales a huge amount. I preordered the game anyway, and even after the demo (which wasn't bad, just a bit "meh") will still get it. Even if the game was awful, I'd still get it just for the fact of having it after all this time. After all the jokes, it's pretty much a piece of gaming history.

Owlslayer:
Well, i feel for Gearbox. But no PC one (yet, most likely)?
Does it got something to do with it being launched on Steam?
I have no idea.
Anyways, hope it doesn't affect the company much.

Correct.
There is leaked DNF PC version on net for a few days, but it's no go because it lacks authentication code from Steam, similarly how StarCraft2 worked with BattleNet2.0. The DVD just lacks little bits of code required to fire up installation.

Andy Chalk:
Maybe someone needs to explain to me one more time how publishers are shying away from the PC because of all the rampant piracy problems it suffers from.

I'm sure Fox News will do a probing survey into this question - during their piece by piece breakdown of how the game is the harbinger of the End Times.

And I'll lay odds that its found to be the PC's fault at the end of it. Because only PC's have pirates and viruses.

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I'm tempted to give it a go, even if only to just 'get it over with', but I think I'll just wait till my preordered copy arrives. Which, to be honest, I only bought because that Duke bust is awesome in some nostalgic way.

I guess maybe I shouldn't play it at all, that way I'll still be able to smile at the bust, uttering stuff like "Good old times, good old times" instead of "Bah that new game kinda sucked."

Fuck me, now I'm getting emotionally confused over a game I haven't played yet.

Andy Chalk:
It's also worth pointing out, I think, that while the 360 and PS3 versions of the game are running free, the PC version apparently is not. Maybe someone needs to explain to me one more time how publishers are shying away from the PC because of all the rampant piracy problems it suffers from.

Lemme do that for you, because it's bullshit and they simply feel there's a greater profit in consoles and cba doing a multiplatform game. Piracy is just a convenient thing to point a finger to when the angry fanbase is looking at you after you've abandoned it.

OT: Frankly, if it tanks because people see it for the shit it (from what I hear) is, it has it coming. I for one am glad, no one should be cheated out of their money for a 60$ game that's pure crap.

As the old saying goes, "Pirates should be hanged"

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