Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/15/duke_nukem_forever_prs_threaten_blacklisting_bad_reviews/

Duke Nukem flack eats words over threat to reviewers

Grovelling apology follows 'no praise, no games' Tweet

By Caleb Cox

Posted in Games, 15th June 2011 17:06 GMT

The PR team behind the US launch of Duke Nukem Forever has apologised for threatening to blacklist publications who gave the eagerly anticipated title bad write-ups.

After the game received critical brickbats, it seems topping the games sales charts wasn't enough of a consolation for The Redner Group.

One staffer posted threats on the agency's official Twitter page stating the team will decide "who gets games next time" based on the venom in a reviewer's piece.

Duke Nukem Forever, Redner Group

Source: Ars Technica

The Tweet has now been removed, replaced by a grovelling apology and the promise that individual sorry letters will be sent out to worried reviewers.

According to ArsTechnica - who managed to grab a screenshot before the original Tweet was removed - blacklisting is a common thing in the games world, and has been for years, but the activity is rarely made public like this.

Have a look at what we thought about Duke Nukem Forever here on Reg Hardware. Are we in line for a blacklisting? See you in Hell! ®