Fox News Takes on DNF's Capture the Babe Mode

March 28, 2011 -

How could Fox News resist attacking Duke Nukem Forever? After all it's a game aching to court controversy - for reasons real or imagined. Fox News writers Jeremy A. Kaplan and Patrick Manning get together to take Gearbox to task for the multiplayer mode of the game, "Capture the Babe." They open by describing the multiplayer mode:

"A new videogame that requires you to abduct women and give them a "reassuring slap" if they freak out has gamers and women's rights-groups crying foul. Brace yourself for the awfully sexist world of Duke Nukem Forever."

Brace yourself for comments from people who know nothing about the game, save the ten minutes of video they found on YouTube:

"It was offensive then and it's even more offensive now," Jamia Wilson, vice president of the Women's Media Center, told FoxNews.com. She is referring to the 1996 game from 3DRealms as well. "These depictions of women are extremely harmful, especially to young women," she added.

How are they harmful? She does not elaborate, but I suspect she believes that men will get together to recreate this game in real life. As ludicrous as that sounds, what she really believes based on cursory research of the game is probably far worse: that somehow this kind of in-game activity has some sort of real-world consequence. At least she did not say it causes rape..

OXM describes the mode as more goofy than offensive. As the ESRB points out to Fox News, the game is rated "M" for "Mature."

"This game carries a Mature rating indicating that it’s intended for ages 17 and up, and retailers overwhelmingly enforce their store policies requiring that M-rated games not be sold to a customer under that age without a parent’s consent,” said Eliot Mizrachi, a spokesman for the ESRB.

In the article that appeared in OXM, Gearbox Software's Randy Pitchford defended the new mode:

"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."

Read the whole article here.


Comments

Re: Fox News Takes on DNF's Capture the Babe Mode

For what reason? Human beings are naturally affected by the society they live in. Be it gamer culture, politics, moral opinion, or even simple societal values, media forms can encourage, discourage, etc. Is it unethical for your opinion of Jack Thompson to come from something you read or watched? I mean, what is "normal"? Wouldn't all of us be different without videogames? We would be doing different things without videogames.

 

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

Re: Fox News Takes on DNF's Capture the Babe Mode

I don't like having control taken from me.  Even if I am being puppeted to do something good. ESPECIALLY if I'm being puppeted to do something good.  Because that takes the inherent goodness out of it.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Fox News Takes on DNF's Capture the Babe Mode

But you're not being controlled when it comes to this. No thinking creature is willfully controling you. You choose how to react, based off of your person. Your views may change from new information or be reinforced.

 

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

Re: Fox News Takes on DNF's Capture the Babe Mode

If that is the case then this game will not cause any real world consequences.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Fox News Takes on DNF's Capture the Babe Mode

Yes, it still can. Social influence of some sort is still a cause and real world consequence, however small.

 

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein

Re: Fox News Takes on DNF's Capture the Babe Mode

Then it is mind control.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Fox News Takes on DNF's Capture the Babe Mode

That's the thing about stereotypes, they only take hold if allowed to do so.

Re: Fox News Takes on DNF's Capture the Babe Mode

I have a feeling people might be in danger of rediscovering a sense of humor.

Re: Fox News Takes on DNF's Capture the Babe Mode

Amen to that.

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Andrew EisenNo but it is defaulting to a very low volume. Not muted though.11/20/2014 - 10:14pm
MaskedPixelanteIs anyone else experiencing this weird Youtube glitch where, no matter what you had the volume set at last time, it defaults to muted no matter what?11/20/2014 - 10:07pm
MechaTama31What was wrong with Remember Me? I liked that one... >.>11/20/2014 - 8:50pm
AvalongodI tend to see the violence and sexism issues as different. Historically we know that the violence issue is overblown. But sexism is real. Better representations of women in games WILL happen.11/20/2014 - 7:35pm
Andrew EisenAnd unless I completely missed it, there's nothing in there about "how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta look deep for it."11/20/2014 - 5:10pm
Andrew EisenSeriously, you're upset, irked and fearful over an opinion piece that suggests the Pokemon demo would be better with more options and a better-written female character? SERIOUSLY?!11/20/2014 - 5:07pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://gamasutra.com/blogs/PugetAlain/20141118/230420/Nearly_Ripped_off_to_death_by_a_publisher__Get_better_by_yourself_and_wait_for_justice_Maybe.php Topware screws over an indie studio because they can.11/20/2014 - 5:01pm
Andrew EisenAre you SURE you provided the right link?11/20/2014 - 4:59pm
prh99And yeah that sucks, especially when bonuses are tied to it, but that is more a problem with crappy publisher policies and scoring in general than any discussion on what may or may no be sexism in games.11/20/2014 - 4:59pm
prh99But no one is on their legislative high horse or on the litigation war path, for that matter. The biggest effect is that a reviewer might give it a lower score and drag down their meta critic ranking.11/20/2014 - 4:56pm
Wonderkarpyup11/20/2014 - 4:51pm
Andrew EisenOh for crying out loud. Wonderkarp, I apologize for how rude this question is but seriously, did you actually read that article?11/20/2014 - 4:47pm
Wonderkarpits a stigma. people in power hear this crap and start getting on their legislative high horse. but I feel like we've already paid too much attention too a demo.11/20/2014 - 4:46pm
Andrew EisenHarm gaming how?11/20/2014 - 4:35pm
Wonderkarpcause it gets parroted around and is used by people to harm gaming like Jack Thompsons did with Violence. http://www.themarysue.com/pokemon-oras-sexism/ here's the article.11/20/2014 - 4:28pm
Andrew EisenNo idea why such an opinion would upset or irk you so I'd be interested in reading it. Got a link?11/20/2014 - 4:13pm
Wonderkarplook deep for it....reaching much. those kinds of people are what urk me.11/20/2014 - 4:07pm
WonderkarpI got upset the other day when a known feminist blog wrote a large article on how the demo to Pokemon Omega Ruby was Sexist cause you couldnt play as a girl. It was a Demo....who cares? but they went off on how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta11/20/2014 - 4:06pm
Andrew EisenHere's the panel that Sarkeesian quote from earlier comes from. Amazing what the proper context does, isn't it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0qxtKz2vZw11/20/2014 - 3:32pm
NeenekoSomething to keep in mind, we tend to look at physics as 'hard', but math and physics are trivial compared to soc/psych (I have worked in both), but FEELS like it should be simplier.11/20/2014 - 3:17pm
 

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