"When a game is ready to finally go to the replicators and get printed onto millions of disks — that is when the game has gone gold. That is, we have gold master disks ready to send off to replication. For consoles like Xbox 360 and PS3, going gold means we’ve passed certification and Microsoft/Sony has sent the gold master disk to the replicators." -Bethesda Softworks, makers of Oblivion and Fallout 3
We anticipate Duke Nukem Forever will be going gold two or three weeks after the final trump during the Biblical Apocalypse. We do not expect DNF to have an ESRB rating since all of the reviewers will have been raptured up to heaven by then.
The moment in which a man realizes that after all his hard work, money spent and time vested, he is finally going to be a able to have sex with the hottest woman he's ever seen.
"After a long chat about vegetarians and animal rights, Rob knew that he was finally going gold."