Legally Buying Duke Nukem 3D in 2021

Well back in 2017 it turns out that Jordan Freeman was working a deal with 3D realms on some new series that didn’t pan out…

Jordan Freeman Group and ZOOM Platform Announce 3D Realms Partnership for Shadow Stalkers Episodic Computer and Video Game Series

However it appears that in addition to trying to get a game out, they also secured rights to resell the catalogue in some perpetual fashion. Neat

So for all the zoomer’s who’ve somehow never played the greatest boomer shooter of all time, you can score Duke Nukem 3D on the aptly named zoom-platform.com

The holy trinity!

It’s currently $4.99 USD, and it comes with all the DLC/Episodes!

Now let’s look at the infamous Megaton Edition on Steam (Yes I bought it years ago, no I didn’t hoard keys, because it didn’t feel like the game would up and disappear). So as you can see it has the addons Duke It Out in D.C., Nuclear Winter, and Caribbean: Life’s A Beach.

Megaton Edition Launcher
Steam Megaton / Atomic

And launching from Steam, you can see it’s the ATOMIC edition. So there you go, not only can you sill buy it on Zoom Platform, it has MORE content, and yes it’s not $100+++ on the open market of keys, instead it’s for normal retail sale.

Let’s look at the GRP files:

From Steam:

D:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Duke Nukem 3D\gameroot\duke3d.grp
D:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Duke Nukem 3D\gameroot\addons\dc\dukedc.grp
D:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Duke Nukem 3D\gameroot\addons\nw\nwinter.grp
D:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Duke Nukem 3D\gameroot\addons\vacation\vacation.grp
D:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Duke Nukem 3D\gameroot\classic\DUKE3D.GRP

And MD5’s:

22b6938fe767e5cc57d1fe13080cd522 duke3d.grp
8ab2e7328db4153e4158c850de82d7c0 addons\dc\dukedc.grp
1250f83dcc3588293f0ce5c6fc701b43 addons\nw\nwinter.grp
1c105ced73b776c172593764e9d0d93e addons\vacation\vacation.grp
22b6938fe767e5cc57d1fe13080cd522 classic\DUKE3D.GRP

And Zoom Platform

C:\ZOOM PLATFORMD Realms\Duke Nukem 3D - Atomic Edition\DUKE3D.GRP
C:\ZOOM PLATFORMD Realms\Duke Nukem 3D - Atomic Edition\AddOns\DUKE!ZON.GRP
C:\ZOOM PLATFORMD Realms\Duke Nukem 3D - Atomic Edition\AddOns\DUKEDC.GRP
C:\ZOOM PLATFORMD Realms\Duke Nukem 3D - Atomic Edition\AddOns\NWINTER.GRP
C:\ZOOM PLATFORMD Realms\Duke Nukem 3D - Atomic Edition\AddOns\PENTHOUS.GRP
C:\ZOOM PLATFORMD Realms\Duke Nukem 3D - Atomic Edition\AddOns\VACATION.GRP

And MD5’s

22b6938fe767e5cc57d1fe13080cd522 DUKE3D.GRP
4cd0e3d3f170107b97aeafe4ade09ecf AddOns\DUKE!ZON.GRP
ddb7149855b0a0d0f073c3f5bedf7161 AddOns\DUKEDC.GRP
1250f83dcc3588293f0ce5c6fc701b43 AddOns\NWINTER.GRP
6a5a1505e38070ac0ab75eb60835988d AddOns\PENTHOUS.GRP
860367326139361078d0fc8cb623b548 AddOns\VACATION.GRP

Interestingly the main game is the same, but the additional levels are different. I’ll have to dig more to see what is going on. At least Nuclear Winter is the same.

Granted I’ve owned them all in some fashion over the years so I can’t even keep track of how many times I’ve bought Duke Nukem 3D, but here we go.

Apparently Randy can’t do anything about it, as he’s pulled the Duke from everything else.

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