Yes, Fox frikkin’ News has done it again. This time they targetted Duke Nukem Forever, a game that isn’t even released yet. Duke Nukem Forever has become the target of a Fox News article calling it ‘sexist’ and ‘over the line’. Obviously, the game was bound to come under fire someday. Let’s be honest here for a second, the article is absolutely correct in saying that Duke Nukem Forever is over-the-top in male chauvinism, sexism, and “immature” humor. I mean, you get to kick giant alien pig men in the nuts, shout obscenities at everything that moves and pass your time in strip clubs. But maybe, just maybe Fox News should’ve played the game before released an article like this.
You may remember Fox News criticizing Bulletstorm, another one of those over the top games where you get extra points for executing various ways to kill enemies. Everyone in its right mind knows that games like this aren’t to be taken seriously, you’d have to be a complete tool if you do. But Fox News can’t stop whining about violence and sexism. Now back to the most recent article.
The article uses Duke Nukem Forever’s ESRB rating and news on its multiplayer modes to inform readers about the game’s “awfully sexist world.” The authors write that it “takes sexism to a new level,” they pepper in a quote from a videogame writer that Forever is “meant to objectify women” without any context, and they say that developer Gearbox “may have crossed the line this time.” The article also brings in an expert from the Women’s Media Center that says Duke Nukem Forever “is even more offensive” than 1996’s Duke Nukem 3D and that the game’s “depictions of women are extremely harmful, especially to young women.” First of all, fun became illegal since yesterday? Secondly, has she even played the game herself? Shooting the women spawns massive pigs with huge guns that are eager to kill you because you murdered the strippers. Thirdly, there’s a reason why this game is rated M for Mature …. so parents won’t buy this for 8 year olds. And it doesn’t even show any real 18+ stuff, the worst that it gets is implied fellatio and the odd booby or several.
Perhaps if they had actually played Duke Nukem, or any game for that matter, they’d have realized its a parody of classic sigar-smoking, testosteron filled hunk of muscle with a bad mouth to boot, though to an extreme a degree as you can get. Duke Nukem Forever isn’t going to win any awards for moving society forward, but a silly game about killing aliens and boobs isn’t going to move us backwards either. Most it can do is provide a couple of hours of real, uncut and uncensored fun.
I for one am sick of people who hate fun to comment on things they have never even experienced or even came into contact with. It’s really easy to blame everything on video games without giving it any thought. In reality, games are an exhaust valve for aggression and frustration. And as I said above, it’s just raw fun without any repercussions because I really don’t think anyone will take this serious. So stop being so butthurt, get off our backs and go back to knitting socks.
Duke Nukem Forever was recently delayed to mid-June for release on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. I suggest you all buy this, just to bump sales figures and spite Fox News. Look at that, I’m all outa gum (+1 internets if you get that)
PS: Fox news, blow it out your ass – Oh wait, you’re already doing that!