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Video Game Lets Players Slap Women

Video Game Lets Players Slap Women

After last year’s “RapeLay” video game, which allowed players to sexually assault women, went viral despite attempts to get it removed from store shelves, a new foray into video game sexism is yet another disgusting disappointment.  A new iteration of the popular 1996 game Duke Nukem 3D openly objectifies women and allows the players to abuse female characters by kidnapping them and dragging them away.  If the woman “freaks out,” the player can slap her.  The creators say that because the player is slapping the woman on the butt, and not the face, this is somehow acceptable.

All of this is made possible through a variant in the new game, Duke Nukem Forever, called “Capture the Babe,” where in order to score, the player needs to capture and abduct a “babe.” 

“The ‘Babe’ will sometimes freak out while you’re carrying her (somewhat understandably we’d say), at which point you have to hit a button to gently give her a reassuring slap,” explained Xbox Magazine, adding that the game was “more goofy than offensive.”

Randy Pitchford, the CEO of Gearbox Studios, which bought the rights to the game last year, explained that they see themselves as somehow cutting-edge: “Our goal isn’t to shock people, but I think there’s some stuff that’ll be just a bit uncomfortable,” he said. “We try to get right up to that edge and then relax enough so people don’t reject it.”

There seems like a lot, though, that people (myself included) would reject out of hand.  For one thing, the game is rated Mature for a variety of sexual elements, including “a couple of missions [which] require players to recover sex toys and pictures of topless women. A few sequences strongly imply sexual acts: Two women appear to perform fellatio on the central character.”  The rating ostensibly means that people under 17 can’t buy the game without parental permission, but online, consumers just need to click a button saying they’re over 17.  And frankly, this doesn’t seem like the kind of thing anyone should be playing, regardless of their age.

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8:59AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

no games promoting sexist behavior!!!

11:32AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

There is freedom of expression and then there are those who try to push there opinions on others...that being said, the makers of this game are catering to so called macho men and wannabes that cannot find a decent woman on common ground....this will also feed into to those who are unstable to commit acts they were to afraid to do, a reason. Most of the past mass killings committed by young adults were engaged in watching video games of this stature. There are to many games involving violence. The young people of today seem to be oblivious of respect for human rights and proper social etiquette. I blame the media. Parents can guide there children but in the end it is what the world around them and the media that have a greater impact.

6:21AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

thanks

12:49AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Censorship should NEVER be allowed PERIOD. I don't trust anyone to make a decision about what I get to read, play, eat, do, etc.

If you don't want your kids playing the game then don't buy it. To me it's no worse for men to slap women then it is for women to slap men or for men to slap men or women to slap women. I see it all the time on shows like "The Bad Girls Club", Real Housewives of, The WWW, etc. If you don't want kids to play these games we need to teach them that hitting is never OK UNLESS you're defending yourself.

3:33AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Can it be more female-respecting?

10:39AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

why is this still on the market.........where are the angry women

12:41AM PDT on May 9, 2011

@Sandra - Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Tekken, RPGs.....would you like me to go on so you can truly see what you DON'T know about video games and how you are judging a game that isn't even out like an immature child?

8:44AM PDT on May 8, 2011

Our world is so out of control :(

8:39AM PDT on May 8, 2011

Guess it is time to create a game where the woman abducts and/or beats up the man!

6:30PM PDT on May 6, 2011

I'm of two minds on this. Growing up I played some rather gory, violent games. Hell, one of them you played the villain, you beat up your minions, torchers and killed them, and when the good guys attacked you'd either kill them, or put them in prison so you could torcher and turn them.

I played in AD&D a game that was supposed to make people into murderous lunatics, and the like. When you get down to it though, they're GAMES.

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