Real men may have been pussified by man-hating, hairy-legged feminazis, so it’s a good thing they have XBox 360 games as an outlet for lady-slapping, alien-killing machismo. The much-anticipated Duke Nukem Forever game from Gearbox Software is where enlightened gender relations go to die. The “Be The One Man Army Who Always Gets The Babes” theme encourages dudes to save us poor, helpless females from getting impregnated (i.e. raped) by alien invaders. While saving the little woman from the bad guy is a well-trod theme of video games (and “dick flicks”), Duke Nukem Forever‘s got a lovely domestic violence-y element. According to The Official Xbox Magazine, if the lady “freaks out” while she’s being saved from impending alien rape, Duke can smack her across the face until she “calms down.” You know, slap some sense into the silly bitch!Check out this enlightened quote Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox, gave to the XBox magazine:
“Our goal isn’t to shock people, but I think there’s some stuff that’s a bit uncomfortable. “I mean, the alien’s plan is to capture our women and impregnate them to breed an alien army, so you can imagine some horrible s**t happens.”
Your goal isn’t to shock people? Really? Getting raped by aliens? Slapping women in the face? Sure, not trying to shock anyone at all!
Sadly, violence against women is also not a new theme in video games (or, again, “dick flicks”) marketed towards young men. (“Duke Nukem Forever” is rated M for ages 17 and up, but we know that doesn’t stop parents from buying M-rated games for their kids. Nor is playing around with violence towards women an adult-appropriate theme, either.) Grand Theft Auto, for instance, garnered the ire of everyone from sex workers to mothers to feminists by promoting the rape and murder of prostitutes as fun times. What is it about pop culture geared towards the young male demographic that needs to glorify violence against women? If it is supposedly “harmless” and “just for fun” (my words), why bother including it at all? Are there men out there who feel sickened by these supposedly macho thrills?