Pitchford: "Our Heroes Have Become Pussies"
Written Thursday, May 12, 2011 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
The world may have changed since Duke Nukem 3D first lit up our monitors, but the Duke himself has not. So as Randy Pitchford prepares to release Duke Nukem Forever after a fifteen year long wait, does he worry whether the cigar-chomping womaniser is still relevant? Not a bit.
In fact, the Gearbox CEO believes that Duke Nukem is fresher than ever, as contemporary video game heroes are "pussies."
Speaking at BAFTA in London last night, Pitchford said, "We're really in a time where most of our heroes have become pussies. Most of them are emo and everyone is trying to make characters with feelings.
"Y'know, that's what we did with Brothers in Arms. We really wanted to treat the subject matter with so much deference, we wanted it to be so real that we took a tone that was about sacrifice. It was real. These characters had emotions, these characters had problems.
"But Duke doesn't have any friggin' problems. He just kicks ass!
"So we're in this world now where all our characters are so human and so believable. So it's surprisingly fresh to have this guy show up and, again, he doesn't give a crap. He's just a badass who gets all the women!"
Indeed he does. But I still can't help wondering how long he'd last if he called Marcus Fenix a pussy...
Don't forget to check out our recent hands-on with Duke Nukem Forever's multiplayer from earlier on in the week.