Reality Check: Duke Nukem Forever Isn't Sexist

Why context is important when defining gender roles in games.

Two weeks ago, Fox News alerted its readers to Duke Nukem Forever's "awfully sexist" treatment of women. Women's rights groups were consulted. Committees were assembled. Someone started a petition. The media began combing the history of video games for other examples of the medium's misrepresentation of women. Not surprisingly, plenty of examples were found.

It's no secret that the video game industry has long struggled with its portrayal of women. Games are often accused of being sexist or perpetrating stereotypes by celebrating male characters and depicting female characters in a limited way. Some of these charges are sound. The way a story is told usually depends on who is telling it: Video game stories are about men because they are told by men. Men have been writing stories about other men since the time of ancient Greece--the Greek myths, for example, often depict men as the subject, with women playing supporting roles as the object of desire, the giver of help, or the demon hindering the hero's progress. Many video game stories don't stray far from this same formula. How often does a video game explore themes related to family, motherhood, or female sexuality?

The shooting of aliens is a gender-neutral pastime.

There is really no one to blame for this fact. Video games have always appealed more to men than women for reasons that have to do with ingrained environmental behaviors and gender roles. This set of social rules that dictate how women and men should behave in games has a lot to do with the lack of female game developers currently in the industry. It's also the reason for such things as the hesitation that some women feel when it comes to video games or the view of video games as an inherently unsocial and detrimental pastime.

However, these cultural constructs do not let video games off the hook. They do not justify the lack of strong female characters or the repeated representation of stereotypes that hark back to ancient Greece. So why then does Duke Nukem Forever not deserve to be labeled a sexist game that depicts women in a harmful way? The answer is context. Duke is probably a sexist character. I say that because no one has actually played the game in its entirety yet, so at this stage, all we can do is draw conclusions from what we have already seen and played. But let's assume Duke has the same personality in this game as he's had in the past few games with his name on it. Duke is a fictional character--he is not designed as a realistic interpretation of the male sex. You are not supposed to look at him and think, "This is how real men act in the real world." How do we know this?

Because of context: Duke mistreats everyone around him. He doesn't care for anyone except himself, regardless of age or sex. He is absurd. He is a satirical--not realistic--representation of men. Duke is a sexist pig. But Duke Nukem Forever is not a sexist game. The sexism, the absurd violence, and the caricatures of men and women are not without context. Context is important because it offers us a framework by which to judge behavior and action. Of course, not every game's context excuses its representation of women, but looking at only those scenes from the game where Duke displays sexist behavior is taking the situation out of context.

When John Lennon told a reporter from the London Evening Standard that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus" in 1966, he was talking about the nature of religion and comparing rock and roll to Christianity. Taken out of context--as an American teen magazine did five months later--Lennon's quote saw The Beatles' music banned from radio stations, their records burned in community bonfires, and their mailboxes flooded with death threats. In Duke's case, context is paramount, as is the idea that portrayal does not equal endorsement. Duke Nukem Forever's portrayal of sexism is not an endorsement of sexism.

The game is not saying that this is how the world is, nor is it saying that this is how it should be. This is the same problem with the conversation about violent video games supposedly endorsing violent behavior. In this case, however, it is much easier to see Duke as an intentionally over-the-top character that is not meant to be taken seriously. When Vladimir Nabokov wrote Lolita in 1955, he wasn't endorsing sexual relations between an adult male and a 12-year-old girl; the character of Humbert Humbert is a satirical representation and not meant to be taken at face value. Taken out of context, Lolita might just look like the filthy pornographic novel some thought it to be at the time.

Not everyone agrees on context. This is an important fact to consider during the classification process of video games. This process not only assumes that players are rational human beings, but it also keeps in mind cognitive development. For example, an 8-year-old child is probably not going to be able to recognize and understand irony the same way as an adult. An 8-year-old child might look at Duke Nukem and think that there is nothing absurd or ridiculous about his behavior. But that's why we have classification systems in place: to serve as a guideline for minimizing harm among those who consume the content. Ratings should not be ignored.

We can always bet on Duke…to be sexist.

The ESRB rated Duke Nukem Forever Mature (17+) for blood and gore, intense violence, mature humor, nudity, strong language, strong sexual content, and use of drugs and alcohol--all good reasons why anyone under the age of 17 probably shouldn't play this game. The media often forgets the role classification plays when it comes to video games. Rational adults have seen this content, have understood its context, and have deemed it suitable for a particular age group. Not all classification systems are perfect--just look at Australia--but they exist for a reason. No one over the age of 17 could take Duke Nukem Forever seriously or misinterpret it as a realistic representation of men and women. And if they do, Duke has perfect retort, "What are you? Some bottom-feeding, scum-sucking algae eater?"

(Reality Check is GameSpot's recurring editorial column. Each week, members of the GameSpot editorial team sound off on current gaming events as well as various topics that surround the gaming industry.)
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Roddimus09
Roddimus09

Working at a game store for years I can tell you that parents DO NOT take ratings into consideration. As time went on there was a rise in number of adults that actually took the time to read a box for the mental well-being of their children. I know there are many that would defend this behavior as the same behavior that their parents displayed with R-rated content, and if that is the wish of the guardians, then so be it. This article was right on the money with the "context". I do not like the character, but I understand the concept. The other problem is that most people that played games like Duke Nukem 3D on the N64 were children when they played it or at least teenagers. Most of the supporters of these games were fans (and kinda meatheads). The content of this game when it comes to women is vehement, but when women write a book or produce a movie with feminist under and overtones no one says anything....because they are telling the story from their point of view. What's got your panties in a bunch?

Gabe1976
Gabe1976

Hats off to you!...One of the best articles I've read on this subject.

N0sferat_ninty
N0sferat_ninty

Excellent article! I really thought that needed to be said. Context is the perfect word for these dicussions. Also, its true that parents disregard classifications, why should kids be affected if they don't play it? Are they telling us, their kids nonetheless play mature-rated games? No kidding! Then, they should be more careful, eh?

mr_gibberish
mr_gibberish

.. Oh and another thing, I guess this is the draw back to freedom of speech! You will always get some muppets abusing that privilege and making a joke out of it!!

mr_gibberish
mr_gibberish

This is ball bags it really is. It kind of feels like one person hears about something with a video game (not even played it themselves) then spreads word to a group of people who seem to love complaining for the sake of complaining (who once again haven't even played the game) and then go on a march about it because they feel by putting something else down then themselves feel more enlightened. I hate these kind of groups that play the racist or sexist card. It is just them using an escape goat to be racist and sexist themselves. Remember how Bully had to have a name change because some idiots thought the whole point of the game was to be a bully? Which was stupid because these people never even played the game. People need to always have to blame something in this world to make themselves feel better or to feel like they fit in with society. Also another funny thing to think about is that Duke Nukem is actually a spoof. Duke Nukem is spoofing all those cheesey action films. If it is sexist in anyway it is actually making a joke out of all those action films in the past that have. So why protest about a game mocking the movie industry for being sexist? Besides don't you realize by protesting the unnecessary you are actually making the game even more wanted. It is like with Rockstar, they feed on controversy!

Hiisama
Hiisama

I'm so tired of these. Hey, guess what? I'm a female and I'm completely OBSESSED with games. And I can't care less about games that may be 'sexist'. I mean, come on! You don't like it? DON'T. PLAY. IT. DON'T. WATCH. IT. I don't see how hard it is for people to just be like, "oh... okay. That's not for me." Like how some people believe that since the numbers of female gamers are increasing, that more female characters must be involved. I personally hate a lot of female characters, because a lot of them turn out to be whores, or annoying as heck. I think people just need to get over themselves and stop trying to pick fights when everyone is sick and tired of this kind of crap.

Desulated
Desulated

It's just a game...a lot of people don't understand this statement. Anyone who is aged 17+ and has the right brain and common sense would simply laugh it off. If you find it offensive, don't play it. Simple. But there are other people who'd enjoy it without one's childish complaints.

Neyska
Neyska

Will we ever stop whinging about men vs women? How about 'people' who want to be successful will have to work at it. 'People' who want change will have to work for it. 'People' need to stop snarking at one another over every little thing. And most importantly, 'people' need to stop taking everything the media says as the gospel truth. Every article or news story is written to emphasize the point the creator is trying to get across. Keep that in mind when you react to things.

rockstar_450
rockstar_450

Have these women ever considered that the reason the majority of game heroes are men is because the majority of gamers are men? It's fantasy and I would rather play a male protagonist than a female and I can tell that Duke Nukem has always been a fun, tongue in cheek game. I think many would agree with me on this.

onikay
onikay

"he is not designed as a realistic interpretation of the male sex" ... no kidding; he's just as rude as some feminists, except he does it to everyone. Such a pragmatic guy!! After saving the world a couple times you can hardly blame him for having some fun :P besides it's a game: a G-A-M-E !!! Really some people have to whine & complain abaut everything... we've had these talks with Mass Effect, The Witcher... if the feminists want a target they ought to look up some far more sexist japanese porn games jeez

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

Oh and I'm sure Duke Nukem would still exist!

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

@alekishere I'm glad someone on here realizes the true negative power of today's "feminist gathering", as compared to the prior original goal of their forming. I hate to say it but I'd kill to live in a "Leave it to Beaver" like world, not saying women should have less power but that the job field wasn't filled with so many single people trying to support just themselves and there children from their failed relationships due to a gender based power struggle. Just wish it was a place where the working man could have a great paying job to support their family, and live comfortably. If the man hating bygots that run feminism now weren't in power, and we could actually work towards equality the world would be a very different place.

Bowserpwns
Bowserpwns

Being a man i can admit that femenism doesnt bother me, as it is understandable. But the part of about these radical christians burning the records of the Beatles just because some guy said they were better than jesus? That kind of stuff makes me angry. Christians in general make me angry and i have no idea why. They are so blind to everything and refuse to believe something even with the evidence in front of them. As for Duke Nukem, i still dont trust the release date, lol.

Siddha19
Siddha19

nice closing statement...

Vekit
Vekit

if those feminist gonna start picking on sexist,its everywhere in multimedia of modern worlds why dont those fem go leave in the wood or something? If its not equal ,so what? look around yourself,things ever really get equal on 'reality' check? Only on ideology

True_Avery
True_Avery

@alekishere "- Boys commit 500% more suicides then girls (after feminism)" In context: The actual statistic current is males are 4 times more likely than girls to die by suicide, but girls are 3 times more likely ontop of that to -attempt- suicide via drugs. I agree that it is tragic that more men die, but don't discount that more women try. "- Men only get 40% of the college degrees (after feminist changes to education)" So, because men are now a little less likely to get out of college with a degree that automatically is the feminists fault? If we're just going to blindly throw statistics out there and make leap assumptions, then I say that men are oppressing women in Great Britain since men are 20% more likely to have a drivers license. See? I can make leaps of logic too. "- Girls have currently as much as DOUBLE the academic success in school as boys in some areas." I like how you slipped "in some areas" in there. It means you can put double in caps lock and bring attention to it while having to admit its not in -all- areas. I'd also appreciate the study that says "double" in a specific area, as I cannot find one via search engine. The 8% difference between degrees between the genders doesn't seem to imply double, and I also find it odd that its somehow tragic that women could somehow be better than men in something. Last I checked, men dominate women in school sports and sports based scholarships. This could be for a few reasons, for starters being that women develop biologically faster than boys and when you have boys and girls of the same age in school it naturally skews towards the girls while the boys are left behind. Could probably be solved by adjusting grade ages. I will look up your point on boys being degraded in schools, but from what I can remember most of the school budget at all my grade schools went into sports. So if we're gonna attack schools, I personally blame the money dump that is sports for lacking education due to budget constraints instead of generalizing it to "feminist teachers", as well as overall mistreatment of school spending. But that's just me. As for your last point regarding prison time, I agree. That has been BS for a long time, and was long before feminism supposedly lost its way.

Kastigador
Kastigador

Let's cut to the chase folks... the feminist groups specifically are up in arms because they're offended by the suggestion of two women performing felacio on Duke. That whole scenario is interpreted as basically two subservient female sex objects pleasuring a dominant macho male. The problem with their vocal resentment is it's not real women, and it's so far from real world, it's down right ripped straight out of a warped comic book(and by that measure it's potentially a little on the tame side). They'd be better off going after real world demonstrations of male sexual dominance(pornography, strip clubs, prostitution, male order brides, pop music). Of course, don't expect Fox News to put any of this in perspective. They play to the moral right with one-sided stories like these by getting the polarized moral right's feathers all ruffled. There's simply nothing that gets the moral right worked up more than sex. Throw "video game" in the story which most old farts and church going technophobes equate to child's play and you might as well be discussing child pornography. They're okay with war in all forms of media, just not sex. If the trailer was ultra violent with blood spattering everywhere, alien heads popping off, and swearing out the ying yang, fox news wouldn't have even looked twice at Duke.

True_Avery
True_Avery

@alekishere I still have to disagree on principle that you are still generalizing an ideology. I adhere to the principles of feminism; of trying to close the gab of gender inequality. The people you're talking about are Misandrists using "Feminism" as a front. You wanna bring fascism into this? How about I disagree with how our Presidents treat capitalism, but I don't hate capitalism as a whole? People will always use an ideology to their advantage. Yes, "Feminism" has taken a course for the extreme but if we're going to generalize the entire "movement" based on what some... high ranking people do? Personally I don't know how you have high ranking people in an ideology, but I digress... I don't like radical Christians, but I don't hate and distrust all Christians and you can find thousands of books telling me how much I should both trust and distrust all of them. Generalizations are a terrible way to manipulate people, and generalizing men, women, feminists, anti-feminists, etc is all equally disingenuous and ignorant if you ask me. Thats the point of my feminism; my counter to generalization and general treatment of women and men all around the world. Not to put men in a cage. They "stole" feminism you say? Well I'm not going to give up on a concept. And ideology. A movement just because some whack jobs have given it a bad name. Call me a fool if you want, but I'm no defeatist.

bletwin
bletwin

@alekishere "Their definition of a sexist is then "a guy who treats women equally". So what would duke need to do to lose the "sexist" label for these people? That's, right, he'd need to treat women as saints and better than he treats men." The whole thing is a joke, dude. Also consider that it's only possible to treat two things equally if they are the exact same thing, so sexism/racism/whateverism will always exist in varying degrees and levels of quality. It's also funny to consider that there are only two ways for sexism to "decrease": either men and women will become more alike, or people will have to get so dumb that they can't make a distinction between the two genders.

bletwin
bletwin

"Video games have always appealed more to men than women for reasons that have to do with ingrained environmental behaviors and gender roles. This set of social rules that dictate how women and men should behave in games has a lot to do with the lack of female game developers currently in the industry." That's it, huh? Gender roles? Social rules? "Ingrained environmental behaviors"? LOL. Where do those social rules come from? Maybe they are a product of the biology of the gender they are associated with, huh? Good luck brainwashing a young boy into feeling more compelled to play with Barbie dolls and My Little Pony instead of G.I. Joe action figures. And what does a womanly game look like? "How often does a video game explore themes related to family, motherhood, or female sexuality?" Sounds like the worst game ever. How the hell do you explore those things by flicking a joystick and pressing a button? God of War explored male sexuality by having a mini-game where you twiddle a joystick (which may have been a metaphorical mechanic) and that's the most sophisticated simulation of it that I can think of right now.

HoSCloud
HoSCloud

This game is far from sexist its just the way Duke has always been if Irresponsible parents didnt allow there idiot kids to play 18+ plus games it wouldnt be an issue The age Guideline is there for a reason!!! Also as a side note how can they claim there is no strong women character games? Tomb raider much? been going for ages theres alot of games with women chatacters as the main characters like - Tenchu-Fatal shadows ,heavenly sword, Wet , Mirror and many more Majority of the women that comment on saying this game is sexist probably havnt played a game in there life and jus want to be awkward they should do some background checks before claiming theres no women charcter games

alekishere
alekishere

To clarify this part: """"""""In this game, duke has interactions with CONSENTING female adults. The only thing we know for a fact is that he doesn't kiss up to women or beg them for approval. Nothing more. And to be called "sexist" for that is to be using the feminist definition of sexist "A guy who dares not kiss up to women and say and do everything they want it said and done""""""" He treats women equally harshly as he treats everyone. He's one rude AHOLE. If he treated women "worse" than men, it would make him sexist. But he simply doesn't give a crap what they think, and just asks for what he wants, directly. THE VERY ASSUMPTION that duke should treat women BETTER than he treats men is in fact "asking for him to give them superior status". When people call duke "sexist" for treating women rudely, they are saying "he needs to treat women better than men". Their definition of a sexist is then "a guy who treats women equally". So what would duke need to do to lose the "sexist" label for these people? That's, right, he'd need to treat women as saints and better than he treats men.

alekishere
alekishere

@True_Avery Have you ever looked into counter-feminism. Did you know that all the current TOP anti-feminists are WOMEN, and they're all ex-feminists... In fact were all at one time HIGH-RANKING feminists. When interviewed why they're anti-feminist, they say that they had to leave the movement because the anti-men feminists RUN IT, set the rules, set the discourse and censor anyone who tries to question male-hatred. Read anything by Camille Paglia, or Christina Hoff Sommers or Warren Farrell or Wendy McElroy... All major ex-feminists who today fight for BOYS, and against the "current feminism". Feminism hasn't been for equality since the 1970s, and has long been overrun by the anti-male crowd. There have already been several "counter-feminist" parties formed in several countries, and anti-feminist organizations are sprouting all over the world. People are figuring out and looking behind the "oh, we're just about equality curtain". Actually look into their OWN writing. Behind closed doors they actually strategize to publically lie that they're about equality, yet do everything to hurt boys. Read: - Who Stole Feminism - The Myth of Male Power - The War Against Boys

alekishere
alekishere

@True_Avery "Nowhere in this article has she stated that women need to be treated like saints. " That's an underlying assumption whenever the word "sexist" is used as a manipulative device. Its used whenever a man doesn't kiss up to women. In this game, duke has interactions with CONSENTING female adults. The only thing we know for a fact is that he doesn't kiss up to women or beg them for approval. He's just as rude to them as he is to everyone. He treats women EQUALLY rude as he treats men. And to be called "sexist" for that is to be using the feminist definition of sexist "A guy who dares not kiss up to women and say and do everything they want it said and done" """"and female stereotypes like "women's studies"""" Its not a female-stereotype. Its an educated guess whenever you see someone spouting feminist misinformation and feminist languaging, or false feminist-made-up stats. Is it possible for someone to spout fascist propaganda, factoids and rhetoric and not be a fascist? Sure, its possible... """will agree that militant anti-men are a problem""" That's like saying "I agree that mussolini is a problem, but that doesn't mean all fascists are bad". The anti-male feminists RUN the movement, and have run it since the 70s.

OllieBrown
OllieBrown

I'm not so much concerned with the roles women play but rather how they are 'proportioned'. It's just targeted marketing. We know what men will gravitate towards weather they want to or not and it's mostly men that will play or game so why shouldn't we use that to our advantage. These are the kind of conclusions that a corporate mind will always reach and the consequences of it shape the minds of our youth. But are women really portrayed any more out-of-proportion from reality in video games than men are? The muscle bound and infinitely thick skinned male protagonists and antagonists of this world are enhanced just as much as the women are ... perhaps even more. Where the line gets crossed with women is that the enhancements are purely sexual! They would require the same muscles and thick necks that their male counterparts have to do what they do but they never receive this treatment. It's a double standard, make no mistake. If Lara Croft were really able to do what she does, she would not look like that (and if she did, she'd have to wear a sports-bra just to get around). It's Barbie all over again and ultimately reality will win out. Otherwise, reality will change and both women and men will be all the more confused about standards of beauty and attractiveness; a reality I do not envy.

alekishere
alekishere

@Lozzica "After re-reading this, you guys are right about one thing: the terms "misogynist" and "chauvinist" didn't apply here. Have corrected this now." Thank you Laura, I appreciate it, and that's a good gesture to demonstrate that it wasn't on purpose, or as misandric action on your part. If it was in fact accidental, that's ok, we all make mistakes.

alekishere
alekishere

@filmboy85 "(read: nearly all feminists are like this) current form, most feminists are what we would refer to as "equal rights" feminists" That's a blatant lie. Feminism overstepped equality around 1962. Ever since it has been a female supremacy movement. """meaning they simply believe women are entitled to be treated as human beings equal to men""" That's not true. Feminists believe that women are superior to men, and that if the male population was reduce that we'd live in "a better world". That is female supremacy. Every law and propaganda and false stat that feminists have distributed since then has been aimed at demonizing, misrepresenting and vilifying men. They have been caught lying, cheating and stealing over and over and over again. - Boys commit 500% more suicides then girls (after feminism) - Men only get 40% of the college degrees (after feminist changes to education) - Girls have currently as much as DOUBLE the academic success in school as boys in some area. Because boys have been SHOVED DOWN. Feminist teachers have infiltrated education and boyhood is demonized, marginalized and its proven that boys are discriminated against in the schooling system. Look it up - Men get as much as 2-3 times longer sentences than women for THE EXACT SAME CRIME (thanks to feminist law and feminist lawyers and judges), and are in some crimes as much as 10 times more likely to be sentenced Etc... etc...(comment form is short)

StarWatchers
StarWatchers

you think this is bad, wait til we meet aliens from another planet and show them duke nukem.. women won't have any reason to complain.

mtait01
mtait01

i enjoyed listening to a discussion about this on the Hotspot a couple of weeks back and I think the point remains the same, Duke Nukem (Just look at the guys name fgs) is clearly over the top and should never be taken seriously... anyone that takes 'Duke Nuke'em' seriously probably shouldnt be playing the game because either A) They are too young. or B) Because they are too stupid

Manyac
Manyac

Pretty basic point made here about context and fiction. Nevertheless, this point is lost on many of those in our population. Also, @Andy9Beans You can say the same thing about people emphasizing with characters in books and movies. Just because a story asks you to emphasize with a character does not mean it implicitly condones that character's actions.

Black_Adder_
Black_Adder_

To people complaining about graphics in Duke Nukem - yes they really look like sheet, but it doesn't matter. I'm sure that Bulletstorm has better graphics, but the game has nothing of the fun times that Duke can offer. It's the same as saying that graphics im MAG suck (MAG - best FPS on PS3 so far. Dumb & lazy people hate this game because there is no auto-aim and skilled players own them with rusty rifle no matter what skills and equip the fools use) and Black Ops is awesome.

Black_Adder_
Black_Adder_

Duke kicks arses and do not care about other people and what they think. I like Duke pretty much - will definitely kick many arses when the game comes out. Also - just how much of an idiot you must be to make a fuss about guy from video game to be a sexist?!?! (answer - must be an idiot af a kind)

LordRork
LordRork

The Duke's schtick is controversy. The media (usually the right wing sort) gets easily manipulated and then goes on the hunt for some like-minded politicians to put the boot in; it's also what happened with the earlier entries in the GTA series (until alien sex in Mass Effect became more interesting). The parody/stereotype is deliberately ignored for headlines...which is just what the PR boys want. Only as media scepticism reduces as more journalists will have played controversial games (either recently or when they were younger) will games become "just another" medium like TV or cinema.

Shadow_th
Shadow_th

Not sure how you can take Duke Nukem seriously anyway, it's all about being over the top.

SLAMT1LT
SLAMT1LT

Duke himself is doing a pretty good job of making men look like idiots. Sure, he's fun to play, but he's also an amalgamation of everything that's bad about being a male: foul-mouthed, sexist, self-obsessed, violent....etc. Not exactly a role model. But for every Gordon Freeman, there has to be that awful stereotypical male.

FK_InTheCoffee
FK_InTheCoffee

Haha, this article is so awful and full of denial. Of course Duke Nukem is sexist, but so what? I'm a woman and love this character. I'm not so insecure as to define myself by how women are presented in games or any other media outlet. There is sexism everywhere, not just video games. Video games deserve more leniancy since they are largely made by men FOR men/boys. There are plenty of games out there that have strong, intelligent female characters. Women can go and play those instead if they want. This game is all in good fun. If you want something truly sexist, play the old game Custer's Revenge, that was about nothing but the rape and murder of Native American women.

edgecult
edgecult

My issue is that by some miracle fluke darwin failed to cull from the earth looks at duke and thinks he's worth basing their life on. I mean look at him, he's the perfect man. Strong well armed and seems to attract all the ladies why wouldn't you base your life by this man, they cry before reality curb stomps them and darwin circles around to pick up the left overs... but it wont be fast enough and some stupid jerkoff will manage to get on the news for this game too i'm sure and ruin games for everyone that week again..

Shelledfade1
Shelledfade1

I'm sorry but the graphics are just far too outdated. Looks like playstation 2 graphics.

drummer_1
drummer_1

Stupid parents will still buy this game for their 5 years old though.

Andy9Beans
Andy9Beans

This isn't the best article, comparisons with non-interactive media have already been scrutinised and shown to be invalid. The interactivity of games force the gamer to empathise with the character they control and thus implicitly condone the actions and attitudes espoused by that character. I bought Duke Nukem 3D when it came out in 1997. It was a pathetic, short-lived mod of id's Doom II which wanted me to run around poorly designed, bug-filled levels shooting at sprites of "Beebop" from Turtles. It was still using the same technology as Doom II when Quake had already revolutionised the shooter sector with proper 3D modelling. If this game holds true to the same mentality as espoused by 3D Realms in 1997 it will be a weak copy of a current shooter with a few t!tty jokes (when even THAT has already been done recently with Bulletstorm). It may turn out to be brilliant, but I was stung by this overrated franchise 14 years ago and I won't be fooled again.

Defy_The_Fallen
Defy_The_Fallen

The news bashing on games again eh? Take a look at Rihanna's new music video's, then come back and say this is sexist.

Renoo27
Renoo27

LOL. I just had to post this. Look what Laura Parker said in her blog: "...most bafflingly, a small number of people think I am being a raging feminist (even though I'd defending the game)."

dsgfbvdgshvbd
dsgfbvdgshvbd

this stuff shouldn't really be in viddeo games they are taking it way too far!!!

brookyskuki
brookyskuki

Agreed. If everybody who complained about sexism, racism, ageism and every other 'ism' got their way, everything anyone published would be grey, boring and fake. Just shush your mouth ....

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

Haa!! If the media is gonna play the sexist card, take a look at the music and movie industry, they are 10x more sexist than any video game. I mean look at your average rap video. Video games dont even protray real people, just made up characters that arent even acted out by real people, but digitaly created. Yes movies and music videos do use made up characters, but are acted out by real people.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

The dude risks his life to save some of the women! How is he sexist? :P

DoomRider13
DoomRider13

Mmmmm! Laura Parker you look good on your profile! When a girl like you say Duke Nukem isn't sexist, it's good for marketing! It's a matter of how open minded you are, more than anything else! Beauty adds some credibility of course!

horosavinXX
horosavinXX

There is something terrible happening in the USA. I mean, not a day goes by without a story like this one. Come on people, it's just bold, adolescent, in-your-face humor, you don't have to get all Nazi about it. What is next: NGO initiative to hang Eric Cartman by balls?

SCWoodson007
SCWoodson007

@DarkZxion Your comment doesn't even have proper grammar. You have a run-on sentence at the end without a period. You really shouldn't go around complaining about others when you are just as much at fault for the same thing.