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Monday, Dec 21, 2020

Duke Nukem 3D Music Lawsuit Settled

Gearbox Software announce that the lawsuits over the music for Duke Nukem 3D have been settled. Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour was released in 2016 and soundtrack composer Bobby Prince sued Gearbox and Valve last year over unauthorized use of his work. More litigation related to this came six months ago when Gearbox filed a lawsuit against 3D Realms for not fulfilling their promise to deliver the rights to the game "free and clear." Word is all these matters are now cleared up, so Bobby Prince fans can now purchase the updated version of the 1996 first-person shooter from the Duke Nukem Website with a clear conscience. Here's word on the resolution of both lawsuits along with a refresher on all the new content that this edition adds to the game:
The questions raised last year were resolved after a thorough review revealed the root of Bobby’s concerns rested with 3D Realms, from whom Gearbox acquired the Duke Nukem franchise. As part of the resolution, all parties have agreed to dismiss all of their claims with the courts. In resolving all litigation on the matter, 3D Realms stated, “We at 3D Realms appreciate Bobby Prince, Randy Pitchford, and the Gearbox team for working with us to address the concerns raised in Mr. Prince's lawsuit. After review by counsel, a license with Bobby was inadvertently overlooked by 3D Realms when we sold Gearbox the Duke Nukem catalog. We are relieved to have the issues resolved and extend our best to everyone.”

Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary Edition World Tour contains:

  • All New Episode Five – Complete an all-new episode containing eight original levels created by the original designers of Duke Nukem 3D, Allen Blum III, and Richard “Levelord” Gray.
  • New Music and One-Liners – Episode Five has original music composed by Lee Jackson, original author of Duke Nukem’s iconic theme “Grabbag” and sound designer for Duke Nukem 3D, along with new one-liners from the voice of Duke himself, Jon St. John.
  • In-Game Developer Commentary – All-new behind-the-scenes original development team commentary accessible in-game.
  • Optionally Remastered – Play the game using the Ken Silverman’s original 1996 graphics engine or toggle in real time to play with the original content rendered at high fidelity and enhanced frame rate using the “True3D” graphics engine.

Top November Releases on Steam

Valve now offers their write-up of the top releases for November on Steam. They also offer this page with links to all the titles the mention in the roundup. Here's their look back at the top paid and free-to-play releases during the month:
Now Hiring
Players have always appreciated how games allow them to see worlds they may not otherwise be able to. November demonstrated that theme in a fun way, with many players opting for the experiences that come with real-life careers. Whether it's the excitement of blazing danger in Firefighting Simulator, the feeling of worldwide musical fame in FUSER™, the challenge of attaining perfection in Football Manager 2021, or even the appetite for exploration in Mars Horizon, these games give players a taste of what these careers entail - now only if they came with the paycheck, too! Make sure to check future months to see if your job ends up becoming a Top Release.

Early Access
We're also happy to see four new Early Access debuts in November, each well on their way to creating collaborative and invested communities. Prodeus and Due Process are bringing new and exciting elements to the FPS genre, while Door Kickers 2 and Kingdoms Reborn give players two completely unique simulation experiences that are worth checking out. We're looking forward to watching these games and their communities grow as they progress through Early Access.
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Midjungard Released

Midjungard is now available on Steam offering Early Access to this fantasy action adventure that features 3v3 PvP multiplayer combat. They also promise that PvE battles will be added soon via free DLC. Here's a recent Gameplay Trailer showing off the game's Viking vibe and gameplay that Plus Infinity Studios says is inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien. Here's more:
Multiplayer PvP brawler Midjungard is now out on Steam. Set in an ancient Tolkien-inspired world, Midjundgard players face off in brutal 3v3 hack n’ slash matches. Developed by Plus Infinity Studios, the studio is looking forward to post-release support and content for players to grow the game over time.

In Midjungard 6 players are dropped into a beautiful and savage land full of strange creatures, myth, and magic. Each team of three players will go head to head in 15-minute matches hoping to earn the most points by eliminating enemy players. Being felled is not the end though, as players will be able to respawn and attempt to exact their revenge on the enemy player that bested them.
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Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Taskmaster Join Fortnite

Epic Games announces the availability of the Marvel Royalty and Warriors Pack in the Fortnite shop. This adds skins and items for Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Taskmaster. Here's a trailer with a look and here's a rundown on what the pack includes:

  • Black Panther Outfit With Kinetically Charged Style
  • Vibranium Daggers Dual Pickaxe
  • Wakandan Skyrider Glider
  • King Cowl’s Back Bling With Kinetically Charged Variant Style


  • Captain Marvel Outfit With Empowered Variant Style
  • Alpha Staff Pickaxe
  • Power of Mar-Vell Glider
  • Kree Backplate Back Bling With Empowered Style


  • Taskmaster Outfit
  • Mimic Shield Back Bling
  • Copycat’s Sword Pickaxe

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Evening Multiplex

Get Alien Isolation for Free

Alien Isolation is now available for free on the Epic Games Store as today's installment in Epic's 15-day giveaway spree. This is yours to keep if you claim your copy between now and 11:00 am EST tomorrow, when the next freebie will take its place. The Aliens survival/horror game was the next entry on the recently leaked list predicting the titles for this promotion. If that means the list is accurate, then tomorrow's free game should be Metro 2033. Read on for more, but remember, in space no one can hear you describe a video game:
When she left Earth, Ellen Ripley promised her daughter she would return home to celebrate her 11th birthday. She never made it.

Fifteen years later, Amanda Ripley learns that the flight recorder from her mother's ship has been recovered. Amanda enters Sevastopol space station to finally solve the mystery of her mother's disappearance, only to confront an unknown menace.

Engage in a terrifying quest for survival as you navigate the labyrinthine Sevastopol station. Unprepared and underequipped, you will need all your wits and daring to get out alive.

NVIDIA Driver Hotfix

NVIDIA now offers new version 460.97 GeForce Hotfix Drivers for Windows (thanks TweakTown). These offer some bug fixes for the recently released version 460.89 drivers. Here are the details:
The hotfix addresses the following issues:

  • Some apps that use NVML may not detect GPU [3200758]
  • Stutter may be observed with some configurations in Marvel's Avengers [3197999]
  • Lenovo Y740 may display corruption on waking from sleep [3178279]
  • Some notebooks may BSOD when waking from sleep while connected to external monitor via dock/dongle [3162411]
  • With HDR enabled, black levels are incorrect. [200682795]

Stadia Pro Free Trial With No Payment Info

Google Stadia is now offering a free trial of Stadio Pro that does not require you to provide credit card details or any other payment information (thanks 9to5Google). The catch here is this is only good for 30 minutes of play, after which time you will have to enter a payment method to continue on with the remainder of your 30-day trial of the cloud gaming service. If you don't cancel your trial before the end of the 30-day period, the service will continue on for $9.99 per month.

Rustler Next Year

Publisher Modus Games and developer Jutsu Games rustle up the news that they are bringing Rustler to Early Access on Steam in Q1 of next year. This is a top-down action game set in medieval times where you play a thug, inspiring them to jokingly subtitle the game "Grand Theft Horse." You can get a look at this in action in this Gameplay Trailer and you can take the game for a test-ride in the Windows Rustler: Prologue that's available on Steam. Let's rustle up some details:
In Rustler, you’ll play as anti-hero Guy, a brigand determined to win The Great Tournament for its grand prize of the princess’ hand in marriage. Might you have to steal a horse or two, or maybe murder a few people here and there? Maybe so. One thing’s for sure: you’re going to need to be both creative and shameless if you want to win The Great Tournament.


  • Grand Theft Horse: Wreak havoc in a medieval world inspired by classic GTA gameplay.
  • Wear the Crown: As a poor civilian, you’ll need to get creative in order to win the Great Tournament. Form weird alliances, double cross your foes, and dig up dinosaur skeletons (because, why not?).
  • A Medieval Sandbox: How you progress is up to you. Spend your time completing quests, wreaking havoc and having a laugh at the expense of others.
  • A Lot of Horsin’ Around: Shoot cows into the sky, drag your neighbors through the mud, toss some holy hand grenades, or draw fancy pictures in the field with a plow.
  • Minstrelsy of Power: Hire a musical companion to play the tunes you like and add a powerful soundtrack to your adventures.

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Heretic Series Joins GOG.COM

GOG.COM announces that they've added the Heretic series of fantasy first-person shooters to their DRM-free marketplace. This anthology of Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders, HeXen: Beyond Heretic, HeXen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel, and HeXen II is available right here, launching with a 70% discount that makes the bundle just USD$2.99. Here's a refresher on Raven Software's series of DOOM- and QUAKE-engine games:
Not only does the series bring fun gameplay to the table, but it also helped usher in a new era of mechanics in the 2.5D shooter genre. Whereas many games of the time only allowed characters to look left and right, Heretic gave gamers the chance to look up and down, as well, making combat more dynamic AND more satisfying.

Past more control over your character’s aim, Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders also gave gamers an early look at a staple of modern video games - an on-character inventory.

Out of the Blue

Happy winter to those of us in the northern hemisphere, as the solstice took place at about 5:00 am EST this morning. This makes it summer for those of you below the equator, which would normally be enough to inspire some envy, which is only exaggerated by the foot-plus of snow we got hit with in these parts last week. On the bright side, literally, at least we'll start getting more sunshine each day going forward, as the sun will set at 4:28 pm EST today, which is pretty depressing. It will be 4:29 pm tomorrow, beginning a slow climb out of the depths of darkness.

Wintery Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.





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