Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has found validation in the critically loathed Duke Nukem Forever's sales figures, and he likes what he sees.

"With sales data, It seems like *customers* love Duke. I guess sometimes we want greasy hamburgers instead of caviar..." said the Gearbox CEO on Twitter.

Earlier this week US industry analyst Arvind Bhatia stated that first day sales of Duke Nukem Forever in the US were "mediocre", but that the game was expected to sell between 1.5 and 2 million units.

In the UK, Duke Nukem Forever is currently No. 1 in the charts despite receiving a near-unanimous battering from critics.

The Joypads (who are also VideoGamer.com community legends) also asked Duke Nukem voice actor Jon St. John what he thought about the game's negative critical reception, and he subsequently accused critics of "missing the point".

"I have no comments regarding bad reviews by clueless critics," he said, in a voice that sounds like Duke Nukem's, adding that "they seem to want to compare Duke Nukem Forever to Call Of Duty and other FPS's and they are missing the point."

The difference between greasy hamburgers and Duke Nukem Forever is that I like greasy hamburgers. In my dismissive 4/10 Duke Nukem Forever review, I say that "all things considered, The Human Centipede was less cruel than this."

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