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Submitted by shodan74 1241d ago | opinion piece

Borderlands 2 Release is Marred By the Misogyny of Gearbox Software and Duke Nukem Forever

Abdul Siddiqui writes, "Tuesday should be a fairly happy day for me as a gamer because it marks the release of the hotly anticipated Borderlands 2. As a game that has been well received by critics, I should be giddy with joy that I may soon get to play it. However, the game is developed by Gearbox Software, makers of Duke Nukem Forever and, as a protest to what I perceive to be a misogynistic company making misogynistic products, I have boycotted all Gearbox Software games." (Borderlands 2, Culture, Duke Nukem Forever, Gearbox, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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CustardTrout  +   1242d ago
Well he can rest assured, while the rest of us - even the women will be shooting stuff while he sits trying to write a book.
shodan74  +   1242d ago
I think it's safe to say that he's definitely going to miss out on one of the best games of the year.
Septic  +   1242d ago
I don't understand why this, so-called news, deserves an article.

He is boycotting Borderlands 2 for the way Duke Nukem Forever portrayed women. Fair enough. But this chap is just a regular blogger, what is so special about it?

"online writer and aspiring novelist Abdul Siddiqui"

Yeah, that doesn't mean anything these days as far as this medium is concerned. There are plethora of wannabe novelists.

It's not even as if Borderlands 2 is related to DNF. I think this is just a desperate cry for attention.
TrendyGamers  +   1241d ago
Definitely one of the best.
Lord_Sloth  +   1241d ago
Every time we see a pretty girl anymore it's sexist and they obviously hate all women even though they always make them pretty and with some deadly skills.

Can't really count Duke Nukem since that's just Duke.
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jeseth  +   1240d ago
So maybe we should just ban any kind of expressionism and free speech altogether? Any kind of art should be banned and boycotted as someone in this pathetically oversensitive world will surely be offended.

I'm sure all the chicks buying Borderlands and Borderlands love that the Siren is one of the best character classes there is ... not complaining that they can also look pretty good while doing it.

What a turd. If you don't like it, don't buy it ... but don't get on your ambiguous internet soap box and grand stand, we don't care!

On another note ..... Why can't I make her boobs bigger in the character customization menu???? I hate how this game discriminates against women with huge knockers!!! Its sooooo unfair!!! Hahahaha.

Game on people!
wicko  +   1241d ago | Funny
I bought an extra copy to make up for his one man boycott.
HammadTheBeast  +   1241d ago
I'll PM you my address right now lol. Joking.
CalvinKlein   1241d ago | Immature | show
ZombieKiller  +   1241d ago
I won't even give this guy hits if he is basing one review of a game off of a completely different game.

That's butthurt fanboyism, not journalism
n to the b  +   1241d ago
sorry for the disagree but it's not a review. and while I understand the concept of not wanting to give hits, how can we comment intelligently without reading the articles in question?
pixelsword  +   1241d ago
Commenting intelligently,


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ZombieKiller  +   1238d ago
@ N to the B: why should I read an article when so many of them have misleading titles for hits?
I could care less about a random internet disagree. No sweat.
Judging one game based on what you saw in another is stupid. You should go back to your normal day job.

That title made me skip the article, read the comments, and say something. If you want the hits, write something worth it.
TacoTaru  +   1241d ago
I thought it was a video game, not a social experiment. If the market doesn't like it then the market won't buy it. Too much political correctness going around. Boarderlands the first was the only FPS that I really loved. I'll vote by buying two copies, one for me and one for my son.
Hozi  +   1241d ago
I'm started to think the majority of male gamers are gay now....I mean wtf!!! Since when is it not cool to have sexy half naked chicks in videogames?!

Honestly! This guy and all other like him should go watch some movies and then complain about the REAL WOMEAN actors who are portraying women as a piece of ass and trophy rather than criticize a fictional videogame about it's fictional characters who portray women as badass sword weilding guns blazing sexy mofos!!!
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Spenok  +   1241d ago
Seriously. This guy is a retard (OP, not you).

If he knew anything about the industry he would know that it wasn't in fact made by Gearbox. They picked up the title that was more than 80% complete, polished up the piece of turd it was, and released it for the sake of releasing it. (They did buy the rights and all).
Flavor  +   1241d ago
The roots of sexual self repression lie in fear.
RumbleFish  +   1241d ago
Reading this article makes me want to play DNF once again. Had so much fun!
jeseth  +   1240d ago
It was over the top and hilarious! Not a technically great game but funny as hel l !!!

Dare I say I was entertained by such filth! Oh ... sigh ... whoe is me!

Hahahah ... just kidding love every minute of it!
Hellsvacancy  +   1242d ago
Well hes an idiot then
Blacktric  +   1241d ago
He claims that Duke Nukem Forever portrayed women in a misogynistic way while forgetting the fact that the thing he is talking about is an art form, which of course means that everything should be a fair game. So yes... He is an idiot. Maybe he is trying to look good to his feminist girlfriend by spewing bullcrap and standing against something that doesn't even exist. Who knows...
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achmetha  +   1241d ago
Not to mention that every Duke Nukem game has dealt with women the same way. AFAIK Duke Nukem Forever was Gearbox Software's first Duke Nukem I think Abdul is out of touch with the gaming world.
ronin4life  +   1241d ago
The portrayal of women in duke was meant to make fun OF misogyny and duke himself, or so it seemed from what I've heard.

I mean, it's a game were you can PLAY WITH HUMAN EXCREMENT. I don't think it was a serious game in any fashion.
MoveTheGlow  +   1241d ago
This feminist has low to no problem with Gearbox. DNF wasn't "their" game, it was a game by a melange of companies that needed to be scrapped together in some way. We needed to see what killed 3D Realms, what that guy who pre-ordered it years ago was waiting for. Bad or good.

Should they have treated the alien lair stage differently? Yes. At least with some option to skip it. If you haven't seen it, it's ridiculous and yes, the dialogue is disturbing. Check the Giant Bomb Quick Look. The rest of the material is harmless by comparison, my focus is only on that stage.

But... I don't boycott movie publishers for publishing weird, crazy, B-movie offensive material either; it's an artifact of the past, and something to be analyzed later. The Cinema Snob shouldn't be avoided because he reviewed I Spit on your Grave, for those same reasons. It's a work. Do with it what you will.

But there's an entirely different creative team for Borderlands 2, people who really cared about making an enjoyable game. While I might have my qualms about Pitchford for not doing something about that stage in DNF, it's not fair to pin those decisions on a majority of the Borderlands team.

Am I torn? Eh, slightly. But DNF is done. It's over with. If we see a much better Duke sequel later on, and it's fine, we'll know who really created that alien lair material, and that Gearbox listened to the outrage.
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achmetha  +   1241d ago
I had to look up the definition to figure out what misogynistic even meant. "misogynous: hating women in particular."

Abdul Siddiqui truly is an idiot.
Kratoscar2008  +   1241d ago
I learnt that word in Two and a half men, a shame the series hit rock bottom.
segmentnext  +   1242d ago
Err........Yea.......the...... ....WTF?
I don't know what to say abt this article.
TheTimeDoctor  +   1242d ago
FCOLitsjustagame  +   1241d ago
Sure seems like the Siren was the best\strongest character in the last game. No boobs hanging out either...lots of half naked guys running at me with axes though, guess thats it.
Varmint  +   1241d ago
Siren was best until sniper got the ability to completely ignore shields, in my opinion.

Also, love your avatar!
NamelessTed  +   1241d ago
Sure seems like you didn't even read the article. The thumbnail is a picture of the Siren for whatever reason, the article doesn't mention the Siren as a character at all. In fact, the article isn't even about Borderlands, but Duke Nukem.

Protip: read the article before making a stupid comment. It makes you look dumb.
FCOLitsjustagame  +   1239d ago
User wants to protest Gearbox because of Misogyny in a game they made. Even though the first game in the series he is currently not "giddy" about had a strong female lead.

You would need to be a pro to give me a pro-tip.
pr0digyZA  +   1241d ago
Lol, why is he making his problem mine?
MadMax  +   1241d ago
Jesus, where the hell do all these nutty liberals come from?
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Jaybronee  +   1241d ago
Yeah, I'm over these pansies. What happened to men? They shave their chests and wear skinny jeans. Why would a man boycott a game like DN? I could see a woman not getting the joke...but a guy? Oh well, I'll enjoy BL2 with my hairy chest and baggy jeans. FTW...
MadMax  +   1241d ago
I dont care what they look like, man or woman! Theres no excuse! People need to stop being so damn overly sensitive all the time, and it mainly is coming from liberals! I dont care what side of the spectrum. Why is it the f@ckin libs that are always pulling this sh@t?
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achmetha  +   1241d ago
Mitt Romney's Closet
krazeecain  +   1241d ago
Why are you trying to make this a political debate? At what point did the blogger reveal his political stance?
MadMax  +   1241d ago
Mind your own business, im making a simple observation. Dont be so oversensitive, or you make yourself sound like this idiot! What are you, his personal troll?
krazeecain  +   1238d ago
@MadMax Here's a simple observation; you're the troll here.
Cirran  +   1241d ago
Its also funny because Gearbox took over the unfinished Duke Nukem Forever project. Not all the ideas were came from them. The next Duke Nukem should be fully developed by Gearbox though...Well Randy Pitchford would love to anyway.
MuhammadJA  +   1241d ago
In that case, we'll have a Duke Nukem game at the level of Bioshock and Borderlands.
Cirran  +   1241d ago
Sounds awesome.
NiteX  +   1241d ago
No one cares.
aawells07  +   1241d ago
Anything to complain and be a downer.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1241d ago
Its amazing to me some people just can't buy the game and enjoy it. Rather they make something out of absolutely nothing.
Pintheshadows  +   1241d ago
Lunatics seem to be pouring out of the woodwork left, right and centre.

Bigger issues are at play.

I bet this idiot doesn't boycott chinese made products due to their human rights record for example.
MrDead  +   1241d ago
Just some guy that wants his name to appear when someone googles Borderlands.

Publicity stunt.
M1chl  +   1241d ago
He is propably sexist and he needs to somewhat "redeem" his soul, so he write this. Thats my bet...
dee-ecks  +   1241d ago
To bad bitches, suck it up and deal.
Hicken  +   1241d ago
Sucks to be you, Abdul: ignorant and opinionated and well-aware of the massive soapbox the internet presents.

DNF, like all Duke Nukem games, is all about being over the top. If you think ANY part of the franchise is a serious representation of any company involved with it, you are, quite frankly, a moron.
BrutallyBlunt  +   1241d ago
Says the person who will boycott Forza because Dan Greenwald said Gran Tursimo was getting stale. Even though he's a huge fan of the franchise and it's what got him into racing games.
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Summons75  +   1241d ago
okay, here's the plan. You can boycott while we don't care and we will all play and enjoy the game =] Ready BREAK!
Moon2525  +   1241d ago
how about the fact that millions of males are being killed in the game? Should guys start boycotting too? This pro-feminism and pro-any sect is silly, it should be about team people not team man or team woman. The sad thing is that the writer of this blog is a guy, he is a major white night, and should eat some steak and think about his role as a human being.
Roper316  +   1241d ago
What a moron this blogger guy is! Enjoy your boycott and we will all enjoy you not being there to play with us, because you sound like you a whiny little bitch.

I called you a bitch does that mean I hate women too? Because I love women & pretty much everything about them. What a jerk and you should quit blogging and aspiring to be a journalist!
TukkerIntensity  +   1241d ago
this guy needs to get back in the kitchen where he belongs.

I kid....I kid...but seriously....stfu
Qrphe  +   1241d ago
Boycott it if you want, you're free to do as you please anyway.
I'll play it instead.
SageHonor  +   1241d ago
Xof  +   1241d ago
Stopped reading at "aspiring novelist."

The handful of people I've met who describe themselves as 'aspiring novelists' have been some of the absolute worst writers I've ever had the displeasure of reading.
leemo19  +   1241d ago
People should read this review by Wall Street Journal, This guy gotta be the biggest idiot, He compares the game to cod.
SlowBurn  +   1241d ago
publicly condemns game whilst enjoying it nightly on an alternate psn account,seen it a hundred times.
ajax17  +   1241d ago
What a fag. Just wants attention.
TenkoTAiLS  +   1241d ago
As a writer you would think he would do his research a bit better. Duke Forever was 90% 3D Realms work, Gearbox just rescued it from the scrap heap when they brought the franchise. They patched the whole thing together as best they could and released it. Technically it's mostly not even their game.

In saying that tho Duke has always been over the top. Even the original DOS based games had that kinda flair to them. Take that away and it isn't Duke. I think this guy needs to pick a different company to boycott and start his book again from scratch.
LiViNgLeGaCY  +   1241d ago
I really hate to sound dumb here, and hopefully I can get a mature response to my question without any insults towards me. But....what does mysgonistic mean? O_o
PooEgg  +   1241d ago
misogynistic - hating women in particular
HonestDragon  +   1241d ago
It means the "hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women". Personally, this guy's case seems slim considering that while Duke Nukem Forever didn't have the best female characters, it's all for parody. I think "objectification" or "exploitation" would have been better words for his argument, but either way his logic doesn't make any sense. To hold one bad product over a company's head and use that as a staple to boycott them is ridiculous.
mmofanatic  +   1241d ago
Duke Nukem is not to be taken seriously. As a comedy/parody it shouldn't be thought of as the game developers actually endorsing that kind of behavior. It's an over-the-top crazy thing, lighten up.
SlowBurn  +   1241d ago
Its a rare but serious condition commonly seen in idealistic,aspiring novelists that stems from prolonged absence of contact with the opposite sex.
While not life threatening in most cases,it can lead to bouts of boycotting and general dementia.Can be contagious in severe cases
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