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Unreleased PSP Duke Nukem game discovered by the Library Of Congress

Duke Nukem: Critical Mass for PSP found on a random DVD-R in during an inventory cataloging session

The US Library Of Congress has uncovered a previously unreleased Duke Nukem game on PSP on a nondescript DVD-R.

Moving image technician, David Gibson, discovered the game was he was performing an inventory of recent acquisitions on a DVD-R with the simple label, “Duke Nukem”.The disc's contents included the assets for Duke Nukem: Critical Mass on the PSP. The game never saw release on the PSP but the version was completely different to the Nintendo DS version which was released.

“I happened upon a DVD-R labelled Duke Nukem: Critical Mass (PSP). My first assumption was that the disc, like so many others we have received, was a DVD-R of gameplay,” Gibsin explained. “However, a line of text on the Copyright database record for the item intrigued me. It reads: Authorship: Entire video game; computer code; artwork; and music. Unreleased PSP Duke Nukem game discovered by the Library Of Congress

He went on, “I placed the disc into my computer’s DVD drive to discover that the DVD-R did not contain video, but instead a file directory, including every asset used to make up the game in a wide variety of proprietary formats. Upon further research, I discovered that the Playstation Portable version of Duke Nukem: Critical Mass was never actually released commercially and was in fact a very different beast than the Nintendo DS version of the game which did see release.

“I realized then that in my computer was the source disc used to author the UMD for an unreleased PlayStation Portable game,” the technician added. “I could feel the lump in my throat. I felt as though I had solved the wizard’s riddle and unlocked the secret door.”

Thanks Library Of Congress via MCV.

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