Bulletstorm had been blasted by Fox News in early February, calling it the worst video game in the world. This time around, it is the much awaited title from Gearbox Software, Duke Nukem: Forever, which is being called awfully sexist by the news outlet owned by Rupert Murdoch. Duke Nukem 3D, which was a runaway hit and made millions of dollars for its developers is being panned by critics as it allegedly defames women by depicting them as prostitutes and strippers. Fox News claims that the latest edition of the game is all set to outdo itself and will take “sexism to an all new level.”
To prove this point, Fox makes a reference to the opening sequence of the game in its story in which the character receives implied fellatio from twins who are in a school getup. Evidently, the vice president of Women’s Media Center, Jamia Wilson, takes severe offense to this degrading portrayal of women in a video game. She told Fox News that though it was offensive in the earlier version, it has become even more offensive this time around. She added that depicting women in this fashion is very harmful for society in general and especially for young women.
The scathing article on Fox News’ website especially focuses on the Capture the Babe multiplayer mode in Duke Nukem: Forever. According to the Official Xbox Magazine, this game mode depicts the players carrying a character, which is the babe, around. Even more insulting is the fact that if the woman yells, an option is provided to the players to slap her. All these instances have led the game to receive an M rating from the classification board.