Tell Walmart: Don't sell "Duke Nukem Forever" with "Babe-Slapping Mode"
  • Petitioned Michael Duke

This petition was delivered to:

President, Wal Mart
Michael Duke
CEO, Gearbox Software
Randy Pritchford

Tell Walmart: Don't sell "Duke Nukem Forever" with "Babe-Slapping Mode"

    1. Shelby Knox
    2. Petition by

      Shelby Knox

      New York, NY

Early reports reveal the new Duke Nukem Forever game is set to be released with a "Capture the Babe" mode of play. In this disturbing version of "capture the flag" the player is tasked with kidnapping a woman from his enemy's base, throwing her over his shoulder, and carrying her back to his base to share the spoils. If she starts to "freak out," the player is encouraged to slap her on the butt until she shuts up. 

To be clear, Duke Nukem Forever makes a game out of physical and sexual violence against women. And Randy Pitchford -- CEO of Gearbox Software which is in charge of the game's release -- thinks that's simply hilarious. He took to Twitter to address reports about the seriousness of the violence in the game, tweeting, "Get it right, folks! In the DNF MP game, "Capture the Babe", Duke can give the girl a love smack on the booty - not face!"

Some may say with statements like that, Mr. Pritchford is courting controversy to boost game sales. Maybe so. But consumers have a right and a responsibility to speak out against a game that contributes to a culture in which one in four American women will become a victim of domestic violence. The Capture the Babe mode of the Duke Nukem game, which will be played primarily by young people, sends the message that physical and sexual violence against women is normal, acceptable, and even funny. It's not - and we have to say so.

If Mr. Pritchford thinks violence against women will boost his bottom line, let's show him otherwise. Walmart is set to be one of the primary sellers of the Duke Nukem game when it is released on June 14th. Tell this family friendly retailer to refuse to sell the Duke Nukem Forever game until the "babe-slapping mode" is removed. 




Recent signatures


    1. Reached 7 signatures
    2. Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Gaming Excellence Blog: Capture the Babe Mode is "indefensible."

    3. Reached 3 signatures
    4. Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      FOX News: "Brace yourself for the awfully sexist world of Duke Nukem Forever."

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. New Video Game Features "Babe-Slapping" Mode

      Alex DiBranco
      Petition Organizer

      What’s better than a good ol’ game of Capture the Flag? According to the makers of the video game Duke Nukem Forever, a misogynistic high tech version called Capture the Babe.
      The Duke is no stranger to controversy. The last version of the game,...

    7. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Gucci Picklecopter ZANZIBAR, MOZAMBIQUE
      • over 3 years ago

      I think we should stop comparing objects to women. Objects can take so many different shapes, can exist outside of kitchen, etc.

      • over 3 years ago

      The TV advert for this 'game' is the most offensive that I have seen. It shows a computer-generated woman pole-dancing (naked in the game) and two pseudo-lesbian 'schoolgirls' kissing for the titillation of the straight male population. It's sexist and homophobic. It perpetuates a culture of hatred towards women and gives 'permission' for violence towards us. It is images like this which causes poor self-esteem, self-harm and anorexia amongst young women. A 'love smack on the booty' Mr.Pitchford? Not acceptable in any way, shape or form.

    • Snus Goose CUNTOPOLIS, KY
      • over 3 years ago

      i wasn't going to buy this game, but since you have your panties in such a twist over it...i'll be buying two copies. one for me, and one for a random youngster at walmart.

    • Milton Siqueira SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm father of a boy with 14 years old. I don't want my boy to learn the wrong things with that game.

      Milton Siqueira - Brazil

    • Augusto Santos SP, BRAZIL
      • over 3 years ago



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