Sep. 21, 2011 at 7:19 PM ET
Game reviewers had some pretty strong opinions about the latest "Duke Nukem" game — "Duke Nukem Forever." To summarize: They thought it stunk. Stunk baaaad.
But Gearbox Software, the company that ultimately developed the game after it languished for more than a decade, wants to know what gamers themselves thought of it. And to get to the heart of your deepest, dearest and darkest Duke feelings, Gearbox posted a survey in its community forum.
"Gearbox prides itself in listening to the community, and this is your chance to tell us how you feel about Duke Nukem Forever," they explained. "You may participate in this survey if you have played or have not played Duke Nukem Forever."
What then follows is a series of questions probing what players liked ... and didn't like ... and how much they liked or didn't like them. The survey asks questions like:
This isn't the first time Gearbox has asked players to weigh in on how they felt about one of their games. But this is, perhaps, the Gearbox game players are likely to have the strongest opinions about. (Gearbox previously created games like "Borderlands" and "Brothers in Arms" to much praise.)
Back when "Duke Nukem Forever" launched in June, the response was overwhelmingly negative. Critics called the game "a sloppy, cobbled together first-person shooter" and a "muddled, hypocritical exercise in irritation" not to mention "embarrassingly bad — the kind of game you point and laugh at."
In fact, the question over whether some of the more vitriolic opinions were fair cost one public relations rep associated with the project his job.
Despite the negative publicity, Gearbox seems poised to continue with the Duke, whose misogynistic and sometimes racist in-game behavior has been controversial from the start back in 1991.
You can't blame Gearbox, which certainly must want a chance to prove it could make a good Duke game if the project was in its hands from the very start. And perhaps they are looking to gamers to see how they could do just that.
Then again, maybe Gearbox is testing the waters ... trying to determine if anyone really wants the outdated alien-hunting icon to soldier on. As plenty of players have suggested, perhaps it's time for the Duke to put out his cigar and swagger off into the sunset.
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