Duke Nukem Forever more popular with female gamers than most triple-A titles

Duke Nukem Forever is more popular amongst female gamers than most triple-A titles and has a higher percentage of females fans on Facebook than Borderlands. That’s according to Gearbox Software’s Steve Gibson, who revealed some interesting figures from the official Facebook fan pages for Duke Nukem Forever and Borderlands.

“So we can tell who fans us on Facebook. If you actually run a fan page, you can see their age breakdown, their sex breakdown, nationality, and all that stuff – and it is broad. Honestly, what’s a little surprising is the female percentage is higher on this game than it was on Borderlands,” explained Gibson in a recent interview with GamesRadar. 

The core audience for big titles is still a mostly male affair, and it’s still mostly dudes who are most interested in the return of the Duke. But according to Gibson, the unexpectedly high amount interest from female gamers reflects how broad the audience is for Duke Nukem Forever. 

“Most triple-A games are expecting somewhere between, say three percent up to maybe eight percent – and we’re far exceeding that on Duke Forever,” said Gibson.

Gibson isn’t exactly sure why Duke Nukem Forever has such an unexpectedly high percentage of female fans on Facebook. “If only we knew all the answers,” joked Gibson. “It’s good that this isn’t just some sexist, misogynist game. [Duke] celebrates women. It’s a celebration,” said Gibson with a laugh.

At the time of writing, the official Facebook fan page for Duke Nukem Forever has nearly 80,000 likes. But whether you’re male or female, a longtime fan or a newcomer to the series, Duke Nukem Forever will be available for all on May 3rd when it releases for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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  • BALLSTOTHEWALLET - February 16, 2011 11:20 p.m.

    Maybe they were all just camgirls, will we ever know?
  • Spybreak8 - February 11, 2011 4:18 a.m.

    Hehe primal attraction.
  • ShaneCedt - February 11, 2011 2:15 a.m.

    In one of the Duke Nukem games Duke does "Operation: Repopulation". Also, maybe female gamers are sick of whiny, emo boys in their shooters
  • BazyLastard - February 11, 2011 12:48 a.m.

    Completely random I know, but you know who would make an awesome Duke Nukem in a live action movie? Mickey Rourke. Discuss...
  • DontMessWithMeImRunningOutOfPlacesToHideTheBodies - February 10, 2011 11:45 p.m.

    Any research on Duke Nukem is somewhat invalid, ole boy hasn't been in a game since A Time to Kill on PSX 13 years ago. I'm still not sure if he's even that popular anymore. Once it's time to reach into our pockets and bull out that $60 how many are going to think twice.
  • paganpoet - February 10, 2011 11:28 p.m.

    I dunno...Duke has pretty nice pecs?
  • mockraven - February 10, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    Yeah, sadly I'd fit in the group of females liking Duke Nukem, but that's just because Duke Nukem 3D was both fun and funny as hell. My best shooter game memories belong to Duke Nukem 3D. :)
  • Hyawatta - February 10, 2011 10:40 p.m.

    The reason is Oblivious! I thought it was pretty obvious why DNF appeals to females. I considered it even before I saw this article. After reading about what you draw on the whiteboard and "Duke Nukem Forever has some balls. Big, boss balls that you beat with your bare fists", yea, my mind went strait to thinking that females would be interested in this.
  • turtl311 - February 10, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    I'm not surprised. I was introduced into gaming through my sister and (female) cousin and they adored Duke Nukem 3D and just found it plain hilarious. The game was just really funny. And all love humour.
  • Fiirestorm21 - February 10, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    In my experience, women/girl gamers generally get the joke and like the extra "personality" (as someone else put it) versus the tradition FACELESS, BROODING, HARDASS SPACE MARINE FIGHTS ALIEN ZOMBIES.
  • Shagnasty - February 10, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    It's a back and forth thing. Women fought for equality; now they want to be objectified. Same with blacks: they fought for equal rights; now they roll around in their own filth exploiting their brothers in a perpetual dick-measuring contest to see who is the most gangsta. It is the cycle of political life.
  • chriszewski - February 10, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    @Darkshine34 Glad i'm not the only one. "The core audience for big titles is still a mostly male affair" Had to read that line four times.
  • FlikNightshade - February 10, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    You heard it first on GamesRadar, folks. Women love misogyny!
  • super0sonic - February 10, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    I think it's just because the game is a legend. Among gamers of all types it is known. And no matter who you are who would not want to play the game that everyone thought would never be released
  • MoChilla - February 10, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    "And it is broad. A lot of BROADS!" Zing.
  • Darkshine34 - February 10, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    Definitely read "triple-A titties."
  • StrayGator - February 10, 2011 8:02 p.m.

    Unlike most modern games, DNF has a distinctive lead character with what you can call personality (which flat and cliched as it is, is still better than "a soldier" "grr hrr me kill everyone"). I suspect that the personality and character of a game/universe matters to females a little more than it is to males. now I had to c/p the symbol "∫" for the captcha. when will it end?
  • TURbo - February 10, 2011 7:57 p.m.

    Well its good to know that women want to know their place in society.
  • bar1scorpio - February 10, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    Probably it's being favorited by 'bots and cam who**s.
  • LIKEUCARE - February 10, 2011 7:47 p.m.

    Can't wait to play this on PC! Finally an old-school game to look for!

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