Duke Nukem Forever

Pitchford: Duke Could Have Had a Gay Robot Sidekick and Still Could

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Homosexuality isn’t discussed that often in video games. Actually, it pretty much never is... although we all secretly know that Yoshi is actually gay. It might surprise you to hear that Gearbox was actually considering a gay sidekick for video gaming’s most sexist and misogynistic character, the Duke.

Speaking to a crowd of onlookers this evening at BAFTA in Central London, Gearbox supremo, Randy Pitchford, told the assembled video game press and public that Duke could have had a gay sidekick... who was a robot.

“Sexuality is part of the Duke personality,” said Pitchford, “and the idea was actually to explore, how would Duke relate to a partner... a peer... that might have a different sexual orientation.”

“That would be an interesting theme to play with,” he continued” Ultimately, when we were thinking that, we kind of realised that there was an instance while we were doing this... he is a one man show, but it was fun to think about that character. I don’t want to spoil it for you, because we might go there – I don’t want to ruin it – but, the character was actually a robot.”

“The character was actually developed to grip on, and they depended upon each other and relied upon each other and they were successful in their endeavours.”

“Ultimately the robot was in a situation where in order for victory against the aliens to be accomplished, the robot’s inner workings – a nuclear generator – had to be sacrificed.”

“It’s so weird to talk about it. We’re talking about Duke Nukem and a really deep story telling concept that we were exploring there, but the exploration was all very sincere and maybe we’ll come back to that at some point.”

“I never expected to be talking about it in context of being here at BAFTA, but why not... I’ll take that risk.”

What is it with Gearbox and robots?

Regardless, it’s refreshing for a renowned developer like Gearbox to even be considering thinking outside the box and going against the sidekick grain. After all, we are in the 21st century.

Duke with a gay robot sidekick? It sounds like a TV show waiting to be made...

Don't forget to check out our recent hands-on with Duke Nukem Forever's multiplayer from earlier on in the week.


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Gearbox Software
2K Games


US June 14, 2011
Europe June 10, 2011

ESRB: Mature
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