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Duke Nukem Almost Had a Gay Robot Sidekick

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Apparently Gearbox is saving Duke Nukem's gay robot sidekick for another day. Meanwhile, Mass Effect 3 gamers will finally get some love with male NPCs.

Sunday night during the BAFTA event in London, Gearbox Software head honcho Randy Pitchford revealed that Duke Nuken almost ended up with a "gay robot" sidekick. Because of Duke's strong sexuality, the team wanted to explore how he would react to a peer that had a different sexual orientation. But the idea was canned and the robot deactivated, yet it may still appear sometime in the future.

"I don't want to spoil it because we might go there," he told the audience. "Ultimately the robot was in a situation where for in order for victory against the aliens to be accomplished, the robot's inner workings – a nuclear generator – had to be sacrificed. The exploration was all very sincere and real and maybe we'll come back to that at some point."

He went on to defend the tone and content of Duke Nukem Forever, especially against the constant flow of misogyny and sexism accusations. Duke is a wild guy, he admitted. In his world, everyone loves him.

"His world is similar to ours but it's not our world. We are in the time when most of our heroes have become pussies," he added. "They're emo and everyone's trying to take themselves so seriously."

Ouch.

In related news, Monday brought reports that Mass Effect 3 will have a gay romance option for male and female Shepard characters. Mass Effect Executive Producer Casey Hudson confirmed this feature over the weekend on Twitter. "Happy to confirm #ME3 supports wider options for love interests incl. same-sex for m&f chars, reactive to how you interact w/them in-game."

The first two installments of Mass Effect allowed Shepard to participate in male/female, female/female and Asari (tentacle-head) encounters. This will be the first time players will have the ability to participate in romance situations will male characters (male/male). This feature is largely due to BioWare's Dragon Age series which allows players to actually define the sexual orientation of their protagonist.

As for Duke Nukem's robot sidekick, Pitchford didn't say when it would make a return. However Pithford did go off-subject and talk about Half-Life 2: Episode 3, saying that it wouldn't be surprising if Valve wasn't developing the third installment.

"We assume there's one but clearly [Valve's] priorities are different," he said. "Those of us on the outside are making assumptions, [but] let's cut 'em some slack."

Valve may not be working on Episode 3 because the company is seemingly focused on creating a valued platform, but more on that will be revealed in a separate new post...

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    internetlad , May 16, 2011 10:29 PM
    as long as the gameplay is half decent and the attitude is there, the duke can do no wrong.
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    DroKing , May 16, 2011 10:35 PM
    Im with you on that internetlad. The gameplay better be at least half decent along with amazing one liners n such like what we had in the good ol duke -_-. I personally have a hunch that they got the face paced style down but the attitude? I PRAY for that to come through. Make me cry joy not saddness


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    nukemaster , May 16, 2011 10:43 PM
    balls of steel.....
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    shloader , May 16, 2011 11:16 PM
    Brokeback Mass Effect. Well... okay. Just checked, topic covered by the main thread on bioware forum has 48 pages and counting. So long as they don't change any existing characters.
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    icepick314 , May 16, 2011 11:18 PM
    forget gay robots....

    JUST got email notification with video link saying demo is released to Duke Nukem First Access Club on June 3rd!!!!!!!
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    robochump , May 16, 2011 11:20 PM
    BioWare must have recently hired a loud mouth "gay" developer that insists on having gay in-game characters or will sue for working in a anti-gay company...lol.
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    borisof007 , May 16, 2011 11:33 PM
    nukemasterballs of steel.....


    Balls Balls Balls Balls Balls Balls Balls.....
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    phatboe , May 16, 2011 11:41 PM
    Quit with all the PC crap, just release the damn game already and make sure it's good.
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    Reynod , May 16, 2011 11:43 PM
    Luckily the idea was terminated ... a gay robt is just going too far pff track. An intelligent female AI sidekick ... now your onto something.

    Though ...Dr Who is in love with his sentient 11th dimension tardus matrix so who knows?

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    Th3Sm0kingM4n , May 16, 2011 11:44 PM
    lol at straight guys complaining about gay video game characters, because you know... there are so many...
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    pclee , May 17, 2011 12:21 AM
    I don't mind the gay options, but it seems in Dragon Age 2 that all the guys are easy (I haven't tried gay yet though). Is that good for the portrayal of gay males in games?
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    marraco , May 17, 2011 12:31 AM
    "We are in the time when most of our heroes have become pussies,"
    pussy like the corny, childish and completely gay "nuclear" truck of the Duke Nukem trailer?
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    Assmar , May 17, 2011 12:37 AM
    pcleeI don't mind the gay options, but it seems in Dragon Age 2 that all the guys are easy (I haven't tried gay yet though). Is that good for the portrayal of gay males in games?

    Heh, did you play The Witcher. No one could be easier as those women. I was hoping they might allow the homosexual option in Witcher 2 so that I could be twice the man-whore. I'll eff anything that moves! Also, bring back the collectible cards. Maybe include STDs for realism.
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    Raidur , May 17, 2011 1:25 AM
    Since when do robots have a gender?
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    rohitbaran , May 17, 2011 2:00 AM
    Quote:
    In related news, Monday brought reports that Mass Effect 3 will have a gay romance option for male and female Shepard characters

    So, finally in ME3, Shepard will say this to Ash, his romance since ME1: "Ash, I think I am gay."
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    liveonc , May 17, 2011 2:01 AM
    Hmmm... I wonder what Duke Nukem would say to having a mirror image from a backwards universe like Superman's Bizzaro? Bad isn't good Duke! Nuke Dukem doesn't like naughty women, & let's just peace with the aliens. ;-)
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    Trialsking , May 17, 2011 2:17 AM
    Quote:
    In related news, Monday brought reports that Mass Effect 3 will have a gay romance option for male and female Shepard characters.

    Thats gay...
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    palladin9479 , May 17, 2011 2:23 AM
    I was sooo hearing the voice of duke saying "Shut it you over-sized ash tray or I'll use you for a condom dispenser" to some gay talking robot. Duke don't take no sh!t from vending machines.
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    Assmar , May 17, 2011 3:23 AM
    RaidurSince when do robots have a gender?

    I think you mean "Since when do robots have a sexual preference?" If I've read enough Asimov, which is to say, if I've ready any, which I haven't, the sexual preference core is usually located next to the sarcasm core.
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    craighay , May 17, 2011 5:27 AM
    Raidur 05/17/2011 3:25 AM "Since when do robots have a gender?"

    Well, at least since Bender (Futurama). Much earlier there was Marvin (Red Planet) - Two most definitely male-gender tin-bots. For skin-bots, watch "Blade Runner". What was the name of the skin-bot played by Sean Young? She was good enough for Harrison Ford, lol.
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