If Duke Nukem Forever can somehow further feminist principles, then by all means make it so, says the game's developer, encouraging activists to "use Duke" to further their agendas.
Speaking candidly with Eurogamer, Gearbox Software President Randy Pitchford pulled no punches, talking "pigs," "fags," satirical license, and whether the wisecracking, buzz-cut John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Kurt Russell pastiche is a hedonist or just a misogynist.
"I'll tell you what, if some feminist organization that is doing a great job advocating women's rights worldwide, which I think is really important, can get some advantage by using Duke...go for it," Pitchford told Eurogamer.
"How is there a downside for humanity? Go for it. Take it. Use Duke. That would be awesome."
Bottom line, Duke's a hedonist, says Pitchford, and the game's essentially a joke-saturated satire.
"One of the things that's been brought up to me is that there's just a random cigarette machine and one of the packs says, 'Fags'," said Pitchford. "What it's doing is it's pointing out when this word used to mean something else."
"It's a stupid videogame. They're just jokes, and I think everybody gets it."
Sort of like standup comedy, then--not that everyone's going to see it that way. If they don't, then they're welcome to rail against it, says Pitchford, suggesting they use Duke as a fulcrum "to find ways to get attention and to help people understand the problem."
"If anyone can better our world through the use of anything, and if Duke is a tool to help them do that, that's fine. The people that are entertained... The choices people make are their choices."
Duke Nukem Forever ships in the U.S. only 14 years late on May 3, 2011.