Always bet on Duke unless it was the 1996 presidential election.
from to on 17 Mar 2024 13:06

This retrowebsite for Duke Nukem back in 1996.


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I wonder if they got any polite phone calls from some three letter agencies for this website? on 17 Mar 2024 13:33 next collapse

I wonder whether Nukem would consider running again in 2024? on 17 Mar 2024 17:33 next collapse

Shit I’ll donate a pallet of gum to the campaign. on 17 Mar 2024 17:59 collapse

I believe Nukem and Serious are neck and neck for president of the world. Blazkowicz lost a lot of support over some old social media posts that were not politically correct towards AIs. on 17 Mar 2024 17:35 next collapse

I really miss this kind of silly, yet creative, politically incorrect content of the old games and internet. Way too much self censorship going on these days in my opinion. Not enough personality. on 19 Mar 2024 11:08 collapse

Being creative does oftentimes require taking risks, and oftentimes unintentionally crossing lines, so I'm with you on that.

On the other hand, the only mention of women being how they're required to go commando is... not likely to be an environment women want to be in.

As for political correctness, to quote Neil Gaiman:

I was reading a book (about interjections, oddly enough) yesterday which included the phrase “In these days of political correctness…” talking about no longer making jokes that denigrated people for their culture or for the colour of their skin. And I thought, “That’s not actually anything to do with ‘political correctness’. That’s just treating other people with respect.”

Which made me oddly happy. I started imagining a world in which we replaced the phrase “politically correct” wherever we could with “treating other people with respect”, and it made me smile.

Maybe there are times when that's not what's happening, but most of the times I see it used, it's people complaining that they can't act like jerks without consequence. on 19 Mar 2024 12:24 collapse

This is a great perspective! Thanks for sharing the quote. Maybe the fact that I laugh at political incorrectness (or disrespect of others) says more about me and the way I was brought up than I even realize.

There’s got to be some benefit to being able to express yourself freely even if it comes at the expense of others though, no? Accepted social norms have a habit of becoming outdated. Sometimes the reason they become outdated is because we shine a light on the ridiculous nature of some our behaviors. I guess what I’m trying to say is that sometimes too much respect may come at the expense of stagnation? on 20 Mar 11:37 collapse

I think I'm largely in agreement with you -- yes, I absolutely want people to respect each other, and start from that perspective. Mostly because there are a lot of super lazy jokes about groups of people that aren't funny because they're not clever, they're just bigoted.

But when people say, "too much political correctness", that tends to be what they're talking about. E.g., some jerk makes a joke about their pronouns being attack/helicopter or something, showing that they don't understand pronouns and that they don't understand that humor should involve something unexpected, not something super expected, if one assumes the person has bigoted ideas.

But plenty of people make good humor with various groups because they don't fall into those standard tropes.

And if someone is punching up, absolutely respect should be kept to the bare minimum.

Or, in other words, basic respect is about learning about a topic. "Too much respect" would be never pointing out various oddities in a group that you otherwise have basic respect for.

Because, yeah, people act in funny ways. Especially when acting as a group. on 17 Mar 2024 19:15 next collapse

Now I remember why I never played Duke Nukem. on 17 Mar 2024 20:15 collapse

I feel like Commander Keen is more trustworthy.