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Randy Pitchford NEEDS Duke Nukem

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We’ve learned a few things over the years, pumpers like to pump, pumpers need to pump, and Randy Pitchford apparently doesn’t want to live in a world where Duke doesn’t exist.

I find that rather refreshing coming from the man who brought us Borderlands and oh so many hours of entertainment.

“When Duke was dead I thought ‘oh my gosh, we are the only people in the world who can save this, we have to commit to it, I had to decide if it was worth it. It’s a huge risk…But Duke is absolutely one of a kind, and there’s nothing else like him in the world, and I need him. Like, I don’t want to live in a world where Duke doesn’t exist.”

I can’t help but agree with Randy. Duke Nukem is just one of those ‘truly American’ characters that should always be around in one form or another.

Later in the interview, there was of course more of the concern raised that Duke is a sexist pig and that the game glorifies this type of behavior.

“Duke isn’t a misogynist. He is ego-centric and everything in his world revolves around him. And women can offer him something different than men can. So if, to Duke, women are less than him, it’s not because they’re women, it’s just because they’re not him, but he actually loves women and will put himself to great risk to make sure that they’re safe. That’s the whole premise of the game. I think it’d be really interesting some day to see what a female version of Duke would be like. Maybe that’s a game.”

I did find one line of the interview to be both very informative AND highly comical (because I HATE the Call of Duty’s single-player experience). So gamers who might be concerned about how ‘worth it’ purchasing the new Duke Nukem game might be, worry no more.

“It’s actually a pretty big game. It’s between 14 and 18 hours of gameplay, so that’s like four or five Call of Duties.”

That’s a pretty sick burn Mr. Pitchford. Kudos.

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