I’m just going to go ahead and say it, Gearbox is trolling us. This latest abomination of a marketing strategy, featuring creepy looking plastic women with loose morals dancing about the screen for your – ahem – entertainment, is about the least subtle attempt at controversy since Mein Kampf. Surely no one who worked on the newest Duke could be that stupid. Surely?
Continue reading, check out the trailer, and make up your own mind as to Gearbox’s level of intelligence.
Aside from questions of sincerity and the possible disappearance of all higher brain functions from Plano, Texas, I wanted to make to make one other point about this trailer. It’s freaking terrible. As an attempt at satire it fails miserably, as I’m not entirely sure what DNF is even meant to be mocking anymore. The game has rocketed well past satire and crash landed firmly into self parody. And as a trailer taken purely on the basis of its own merits… am I buying a game or a $60 softcore porno?
We – that is to say PikiGeek – are working on a roundtable discussion on the issue of Duke Nukem Forever and whether or not any of us are even excited for it anymore. Suffice to say that this latest “attempt” at marketing has colored many of our opinions to the negative shades of emotion, and many of us now express concern that regardless of whatever good game might lurk underneath the surface of DNF, the surface has become so perverse and distracting that it taints said game.
How about you, Mr. Reader? Still have plans to purchase Duke after today? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.