Would GB get near as much flack (or Gabe Newell for that matter) if he wasn't fat?
I'm quite positive nobody cares if these guys weigh 900 lbs., eat 3 turkeys a day, and need a crane to get out of bed in the morning...;) What they care about is the games that the "fat bastards" keep promising but failing to deliver...;) The blubber is ancillary to the criticisms, trust me...;) Had the games shipped as promised, and delivered the promised content, these guys would be indistinguishable from the Governor of "KALIFORNIA" in terms of their hero status. The problem is self-announced deadlines not met, public pledges not kept, and their swaddling flesh has nothing to do with it.
In George's case, I only wonder if there will be anyone left alive on planet earth who remembers the Duke when he decides to publish...;) My advice to GB is twofold: don't be bashful; and, once you pick a 3d engine stay with it, George, to the bitter end--because in the end it won't be the engine, but the content of the game instead, that will make or break the effort.
It is well known that I don't make mistakes--so, if you should happen across an error in something I have written, you can be confident in the fact that *I* did not write it.