Duke Nukem Forever: Controversial? Not really.
While most people are gearing up for the long, long, lo–ng anticipated release of Duke Nukem: Forever, there are some who are up in arms about the message this game sends to impressionable young gamers about the treatment of women. Oh wait, that’s right, Duke Nukem: Forever has a Mature rating which means only adults should be playing this game. My mistake.
So who is taking exception to the newest installment of Duke Nukem? Some very angry women, who seem to miss the point of this game entirely. One woman, who decried the “Capture the Babe” mulitplayer mode in her blog, claims that Gearbox is not just negatively influencing gamers but society as a whole. Not to be outdone, Ms. Jessica Wakeman states in her blog that Duke Nukem “is where enlightened gender relations go to die”. Quite the claim.
What these women, and other similarly minded people, fail to understand is that Duke Nukem is supposed to be over the top because over the top is funny and many gamers enjoy humorous content in their games. So yes, Duke slaps women, is a sex god, and does not allow himself to be tied down to one lady. Duke is also a fictional character and the game is rated Mature, recommended for ages 17+, which means that the audience is old enough to understand the tongue-in-cheek humor (hopefully).
While I could argue the point further, expressing my own eagerness to play Gearbox’s newest game, or complain about the women who are complaining about content, I would rather leave you with this Penny-Arcade comic, which is a fairly humorous, though no less true, rebuttal.
Now if you will excuse me, I am about to use up my time outside of the kitchen for today. Those pies will not make themselves.