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2009/07/23

The Unknown Astronaut: A Video Game Character on the Moon




July 23 - Revolution Day (Egypt)


A few days ago, humanity (specifically the US) celebrated forty years since the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Back in 1996, a once well-known and loved, and still remembered, video game character went to the moon. His name- Duke Nukem.

In Duke Nukem 3D, in the second episode, "Lunar Apocalypse", Duke Nukem follows the Aliens onto their own turf- space. Here he explores and kills everything in space stations, before eventually making it to the moon, particularly the levels, "Tiberius Station" and "Lunar Reactor".


These space and moon levels had some cool music, especially Xplasma, and some nice views of space, the stars, and the earth. Among things spoiling the mood were flying droids which explode in your face and take away a sizeable chunk of your health. And then there was the end boss, the Overlord, an overgrown frog with two missile launchers on his back.


A secret of "Lunar Reactor" includes seeing the body of Luke Skywalker from Star Wars, and Duke upon seeing this says, "Now this is a force to be reckoned with!"

The level after this one is called "Dark Side".

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