Posted by on Thursday, 31st March, 2011

Lemme be the first to say, that Duke is a douche.

I love Duke, he is one of my most favourite people I’ve met while doing all of this but boy did he get me. He got me good.

Thats right this was an early April fools and the reason why he did it early was because I did it early last year (though in fairness it was April 1st UK time, I can’t help it if America is 5 hours behind can I?). Duke is not and will never leave the podcast or the site.

Like others on the site I read that post by Duke and was genuinely upset by it. I considered Duke a good friend, I felt like I’d been dumped. So before we all chase him down the street with torches, I want to let you all know that I was so sad when reading his post I didn’t know what to do. So if there is anyone that should be mad at him, it should be Stu and myself (not saying that others who aren’t on the podcast wouldn’t be upset either).

Now I’m willing to forgive Duke for what he has done and I think everyone else should too. Please don’t hate him, if anything he has made everyone appreciate how important three guys talking about games in audio form is to others and myself.

One last thing, I’m sure I can speak for all of us here at the Veteran Gamers that we are so touched that everybody has commented about how much Duke and the site in general means to you all and the offers people have made to help are genuinely flattering.

And yes, Duke is a douche.

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  1. Cudmoro says:


  2. woody says:

    i did have my doubts but I used to listen to a podcast called the hollywood saloon and when they broke the explanations sounded so similar to Dukes reasons i had no choice to believe.

    Very glad though. Even if im am the same boring dude with the sameboring apinions. ;->

  3. XirYug says:

    …atcually I’ve just had a thought…is this a double bluff ?
    You are leaving and the REAL April Fools is that you said you are staying when you are not…oh no !!
    Oh bloody hell….I’m all anxious now

  4. XirYug says:

    Nice to have you back Duke

    Do you want your stuff back now ?

    …I must say I was concerned about your post as you all bring something special to the podcast and without you, Mike or Stu I am not sure it wouldn’t have been the same.

  5. Cudmoro says:

    I don’t think I am the only one who has made negative comments, yet I am the one who gets singled out for critiscism. It is all down to opinion. Could the podcast be better? Of course it could, but that doesn’t mean it is bad now. Maybe it is my fault for hating April Fools and writing what I was felt at that time.

    I decline the offer to stop listening to the podcast as I enjoy the varied opinions all 3 of you have, even Chinny hating FIFA I am slowly accepting (even though it is ace). I listen to various other podcasts and VG is one of the best, even if it does take 2/3 walks to and from work to get it all listened to.

    In future if anyone has any n egative comments that relate to me directly, as opposed to mine which was a general comment, nothing about Duke himself, then I would appreciate they approach me directly.


  6. dazzer71uk says:

    Yes duke you are a doosh !!
    And how did you guess I love fifaaaaa
    Mind you I’m pretty crap ,must be my age
    Or maybe its because I’m a spurs supporter !!,

    Daz in training on fifaaaaaaaa

  7. JohnnyUtah says:

    Glad to hear its just been a rouse.

    I appreciate the humour!

  8. AxemanPhil says:

    Duke please feel free to play the hysterical laughter clip from your soundboard over and over…

  9. Markanix says:

    Duke I have 2 words for you….. DOUCHE…….PREMATURE

    Next time get the bloody day right at least :). That wasn’t funny πŸ™

    I don’t know, give him a soundboard and he thinks he can do as he pleases lol

    Glad your not going anywhere.

  10. oldspicy says:

    How will my company be compensated for the lost work from me moping around and not working all day?

    Great to hear it’s a joke!

  11. Jonmau5 says:

    Don’t worry Gangu, it’s a west midlands thing, it happens to me too mate, people don’t always get our ultra superior sense of humour πŸ™‚

  12. GanguCrimes says:

    those haters hating

  13. GanguCrimes says:

    lol i used the word stale but i dont hate the show at all it’s my favourite. my journo skills aren’t great but all i meant was that all gaming news shows haven’t had much to tell us lately because everything seems to be on hold! lol so dont drag me down with the rest of em!!

  14. Jonmau5 says:

    Veteran Gamers is the first community I have felt at home on. I knew Duke was playing an April Fool because I simply asked him via xbox live and he told me.

    As for negative comments, the few that do spout them should go elsewhere.

    I understand how frustrating it can be to donate a LOT of your time and your own money into a website, for idiots to simply visit your site and post negative comments.

    I make no money from The Play Vault and I would be a liar if I said I did not think at one time of having adverts on the site especially when one particular article reached 25k views… But nope that would piss off the regular readers and guests to the site. The site only costs me around Β£10 a month but the time, effort, planning, writing and editing of other writers works takes up a HUGE chunk of my time. I enjoy it doing it and I hope people enjoy the site.

    Myself, the legend that is Davedogg and My good friend Curtis began episode 1 of The Play Vault podcast, we need to re record the hour long episode due to technical issues that I’m sure come with the learning curve when you begin a podcast but the reason I am starting the podcast is because of how inspired (not being overzealous with the word, actually INSPIRED) I am each time I listen to the VG podcast. Three guys, talking about their mutual love for games and anything else that crops up in between.

    Simply brilliant to listen to and be a part of as a listener, emailer and forum user.

    I knew this Dukes leaving was an aprils fools joke from the start, I didn’t say anything though. Don’t be to harsh on him, he is a funny guy.

    Thanks VG lads for all your hard work and thanks to everyone from the Vg community in general for being awesome.

    I do have one major bone to pick with a certain VG though… surface_Lizard you slippery fly eating lizard bastard! What do you have against Bourbons!???

  15. Chrismjw says:

    Woo hoo!

    I thought I’d be pissed if it turned out to be an April fool but I’m not in the slightest. Get a calendar Duke you dil-doh!

    Stale show my arse. The constant influx of new forum members and iTunes review only proves you guys are still in your upswing.

    Viva Veteran Gamers

  16. thejcmyster says:

    I agree with that stu

    Damn you duke i got all emotional and everything about that. I literally was thinking damn whats going to happen now! And after all that it was one big joke…….
    Well guess i shoulda seen it coming. Thats why we love you duke an awesome sense of humor. glad youre not leaving mate!

  17. TheDaddy says:

    Cudmoro, there is an easy solution, stop listening if you don’t approve, there are plenty of other podcasts to listen to. As people have pointed out, this is just a hobby to us (admittedly a serious one)which we get no money for doing or anything else for that matter. To put it into context, I spend at least 10-12 hours a week, trawling news sites for stories to talk about, compiling show notes, recording the show, which sometimes can end up in four bits if skype lets us down, editing the show, uploading it and recording features like Quanrian’s indie pick.

    Chinny and Duke take time out of their lives each week to record the show, and post articles up on the site and help run everything, and all you can do is complain?

    So do you know what? I would like to request that the negativity stops, because it just brings everyone down, as the saying goes, you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

  18. Bongo the Sane says:


    Haven’t stop thinking about this all frikin day.

    My therapist is going to think I’m nuts.

    Kinda funny in a twisted way but you’ll only only get away with it the once.

    You deserve to have the runs for at least three days.

    Stu, you’re a great organ grinder.

  19. Cudmoro says:

    As with most April’s fools jokes it was so hilarious – sadly sarcasm doesn’t communicate too well online.

    Quite a shame too as I was looking forward to the show developing and changing, it is starting to suffer from groupthink.

  20. TheDaddy says:

    Really I am at a loss as to what to say, who knew that an Aprils Fool prank would blow up like this(although two days early doesn’t help).

    Anyway when I first read Eric’s post, I felt sick, I could not believe I had made him feel that way without even realising, and I would consider both Eric and Mike two very good friends, as we have been doing the show for well over two years together through thick and thin, thanks god it wasn’t true.

    What I don’t think people realise, is how many hours a week go into the show and website and the constant thought about changing the features that we have, to keep it interesting, and I was touched not only by the comments from most of the members, but also the personal messages of support that I received on the forums, thankfully none were needed.

    Duke it is true you are a douche, but hell that’s just Duke rofl.

    Oh and by the way Dazzer, keep playing the Fifa! Fifaaaaaaaaaa!

  21. SoupdragonDan says:

    Well that’s that! you are an official B@stard! πŸ™‚

    I’ll be the first to admit that I was genuinely stunned by your shock resignation.

    Seriously though I’m glad you’re not going. The podcast wouldn’t be the same without it’s Dancing monkey πŸ˜‰

  22. GanguCrimes says:

    lol i had my suspicions but i got, got!

  23. DavidTheAlien says:

    wow that wasnt or isnt funny at all. lol glad it was or is an April fools joke but christ almighty.

  24. Quanrian says:

    Wow Duke and even after I told Surface it was probably too early for a April Fool’s joke… There you go. I hope there are appropriate sound clips for your inappropriate tugging on people’s emotions. Damn, and here I was thinking the show was going pure British… Ah well, you’re still outnumbered, sucker!

  25. AllPraise2Me says:

    cock is the only word i have for you Duke. πŸ™‚

  26. Ph1ltheee says:

    Oh, and by the way – my comments on ‘feeling sorry for Chinny and Stu’? WITHDRAWN!!!!!!

    You’re all b@stards.

    Cant wait for next show btw….

  27. Ph1ltheee says:


    You’re going to have to do better than that for an apology.

    We demand photos of you self-flaggelating – and yes, that is the correct term – I googled it!

  28. DukeSkath says:

    That’s right, people! I ain’t going nowhere!! Burn! Oooo!

    Also, there will be NO community participation in either the website or the podcast! We will not be tweaking anything because of perceived “staleness” or “repetition”. And if 2.5 hours is too long for you, here’s an elegant solution: Stop listening after one hour!

    Seriously, tho, I have been absolutely floored by the outpouring of kind words and fuzzy warmth from you lot. As I said to Chinny and Stu, what I wrote on my prank post is the exact opposite of how I really feel.

    The VeteranGamers is the most rewarding online community I’ve ever been a part of, and I am incredibly blessed to be here. I always look forward to working on the site, and the podcast is more fun to record every week.

    Your feedback and emails and iTunes reviews give us joy and sustenance, and I love the fact that we’re all here for each other through thick and thin. Please forgive my childish tomfoolery, and let’s all go play some Crysis 2 together!

    Viva la VeteranGamers! VG 4 Life, fool! BALLIN!

    (Also: Best Photoshop EVER!)

  29. Ph1ltheee says:


    You complete and utter b@stard….

    Am now in a mixture of emotions: first sadness, then anger, then joy, laughter, then back to anger again…

    I’m numb. I feel violated and feel so sorry for Chinny and Stu.

    Glad to hear hear you’re not going mate… f*cker….


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