This is your second reminder (the first one was on Twitter) that Duke Nukem 3D is currently available for free on Gog during Christmas. If you buy it (for free) now, you’ll have it on your account literally forever, even after Christmas ends. If you don’t get it by the end of December 13th, it goes back to being $10 or whatever it is they charged for it originally.
If you know your friends’ email addresses, you can also send them the game for free just to make sure they don’t miss out. This is one of the best shooters of all time, and while we just celebrated Doom’s 19th anniversary, I legitimately think Duke 3D is far and away a much better game for how absolutely massive its levels are and how everything in them is interactive. Environments in Duke 3D are more interactive and more destructible than a lot of games even today, and it was made in 1997.
The only complaints are that Duke 3D is a HARD game. Doom gently metered out appearances by ultra-powerful enemies like the Cyber Demon and Spider Mastermind; later levels in Duke 3D have you fighting entire armies of aliens that can one-hit kill you and starts treating sub-bosses as common enemies. Levels also start to get a little too big near the end of each episode - the ol’ “backtrack and check the map looking for the one door I haven’t opened” stalwart is in full effect here.
Also, a helpful reminder: this is from an era before games started auto-saving your progress at checkpoints. Make sure to do manual saves because if you die, you restart the entire level from the beginning with just a pistol. In some cases, that can mean losing 10+ minutes of progress and an entire arsenal of guns, ammo, and item pickups.
And while we’re at it, do yourself a favor and grab eDuke32. You can play Duke 3D just fine from Gog - they provide DRM free downloads and the game launches in a customized version of DOSbox - and while playable, eDuke32 makes Duke 3D a much smoother experience. If you go with Gog’s DOSbox version, setting up things like controls can be kind of a hassle due to the game’s age. eDuke32 takes care of all of that for you, and it can even be used to make Duke 3D look basically as good as Duke Nukem Forever if you pick up the HD texture pack and turn on eDuke32’s enhanced “Polymer” renderer (of course, you can also be like me and play with the original graphics in software mode). It may also be worth it to pick up DukePlus, a mod for eDuke32 that adds a bunch of fun extras like dual wielding pistols, new guns, vehicles, additional Polymer rendering effects, and a fan-made (and extremely difficult) campaign.
So get out there, kick ass, and chew bubblegum. Unless, y’know, you’re out of bubblegum.