Is Duke Nukem Sexist?
By Stephanie "Bobbi" Bergman
George Broussard's response to the article:
Very, very, very cool article. It's amazing that 2.5 years after release people still talk about this and seem to care. As for why we did what we did? We wanted to portray a seedy/futuristic Los Angeles and women in business suits didn't fit the bill. Did we do it knowing we'd spark controvery and sell more copies? You bet.
The best game design is when you can do something new and different, spark controversy and get people talking about a game. We tried to keep all the female references in Duke 3D in context.at least and appropriate to where you were in the game. If you're going through a seedy red light district you expect porn shops and strip bars. You don't expect them on space stations etc.
As for shooting the women? Well we had to, because you can destroy everything else in the environment. It simply did not make sense to shoot them with rockets and have nothing happen. How lame would that have been? And removing the strippers was not an option, so at least we tried to deter the player from doing it by having Duke say "Damn" and spawning in bad guys. I'm not sure what more people wanted from us in that regard. We went way over the top.
In the end I'm very glad we pushed limits that hadn't been pushed in mainstream games before and got people discussing the topic. We certainly have a few new ideas and will try to do similar things in Duke Nukem Forever.
Thanks for the story. I look forward to more on loonygames ;)
-- George Broussard,
Partner, 3D Realms
|Credits: Illustration © 1998 Mike Sanzone. This article is © 1998 Stephanie Bergman. All other content is © 1998 loonyboi productions. Unauthorized reproduction is strictly prohibited...you sexist pig.|