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Come Get Some: Duke Nukem, Damsels in Distress, and the Default Avatar

PCA / ACA 2015

Anastasia Salter

on 12 February 2015

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Transcript of Come Get Some: Duke Nukem, Damsels in Distress, and the Default Avatar

Come Get Some:
Duke Nukem, Damsels in Distress, and the Default Avatar

Anastasia Salter
University of Central Florida
“Many imagine that Duke began as a cliche or amalgamation of the prima-facie heroes during a great era for action heroes. Since then, we've sort of witnessed a pussification of our heroes in action movies. They have become complex, emotional characters. Duke, being incredibly one-sided and super badass, now stands out, not as a cliche, but as a unique and fresh character rising through a tide of emo. Haha.”

Developer Randy Pitchford

2009 study of 150 games:

86.09% Male
13.91% Female

(Williams, Martins, Consalvo, Ivory)
Dudes. Imagine life here in the US — or indeed, pretty much anywhere in the Western world — is a massive role playing game, like World of Warcraft except appallingly mundane, where most quests involve the acquisition of money, cell phones and donuts, although not always at the same time. Let’s call it The Real World. You have installed The Real World on your computer and are about to start playing, but first you go to the settings tab to bind your keys, fiddle with your defaults, and choose the difficulty setting for the game. Got it?

Okay: In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is.

John Scalzi, “Straight White Male”
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