Anyone who has played Duke Nukem knows that the Duke isâ€¦ well, quite the chauvinist. The satirical action game series takes machismo to an unreal high with fawning women lusting after a crass, crude and hulking one-man army. This has not changed the slightest bit in Gearbox’s First Person Shooter (FPS) Duke Nukem Forever. The game features Duke participating in schoolgirl threesomes, watching strippers and smoking cigarette brands called Fags. Needless to say, the game will be quite the controversy magnet when it is released.
However, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford is perfectly happy with the controversy Duke Nukem Forever will generate. In fact, he welcomes it:-
“I’ll tell you what, if some feminist organisation that is doing a great job advocating women’s rights worldwide, which I think is really important, can get some advantage by using Duke… go for it. How is there a downside for humanity? Go for it. Take it. Use Duke. That would be awesome.
“If anyone can better our world through the use of anything, and if Duke is a tool to help them do that, that’s fine. The people that are entertained… The choices people make are their choices.”
He also touched upon the satirical universe that Duke Nukem inhabits with aliens stealing the women to be baby-making machines and transforming men into pigs. Duke, in fact, wishes to save the women from their harsh fates. If the women are attracted to his engorged charisma, then he’ll not exactly complain, will he?
“He’s the centre of his universe, and everyone in his universe exists to please him, and women offer him different things to men, but he himself is… His whole purpose in existing is to save and protect women not that they need saving and protecting, but in his world they do, because there’s this rare reality of how our species reproduces, and so the aliens are going to use that against us.”
He also quipped about the game’s cigarettes being called fags, which at some point of time was changed in the English language from a slang term for cigarettes to a derogatory term for homosexuals.
“Sometimes in entertainment, things that people are already aware of are a great opportunity for them to get attention for it. So things like ‘fags’… It’s a stupid videogame. They’re just jokes, and I think everybody gets it.”
It’s refreshing to see that Gearbox is not overly concerned with the controversial imagery and thought that this game will obviously thrust forth upon the world when it is released. Instead, Pitchford’s genial comments on a gaming franchise that is known for its crassness and satire predict a newer and better future for gaming.