I’m a day late, if anyone cares (no one does). My apologies – let’s hope this week’s video is weird enough to compensate! And I know I always say this – I have to really, don’t I – but this one is plain weird. A sad, tragic kind of weird really. Duke Nukem, king of all that is puerile and over the top, crossed a line with this NSFW Duke Nukem 3D expansion back in the mid-nineties.
Duke Nukem’s Penthouse Paradise represents a partnership between Duke Nukem (and more relevantly, the developer/publisher GT Interactive) and the pornographers over at Penthouse magazine. Together, they produced this bizarre pixellated mash-up of naked ladies and armoured aliens, complete with a big bad alien boss at the end of it.
There’s not a whole lot else to say about this oddity, except that it reminds me of experiences playing the original Counter-Strike when players created and sprayed their own custom “tags” in the maps. With the freedom to insert any image of the player’s choice, you can imagine there were a share of dodgy ones. Like the sprites in Duke Nukem 3D, the tags in Counter-Strike were strictly limited to a small number of pixels, making for some very blurry renditions of human private parts. At least in Counter-Strike there was some potential tactical utility to this: if an enemy player happened across the tag, they might be temporarily distracted by it and meet their demise as a result. A stretch, maybe, but I’m looking for a silver lining here! Unfortunately I am unable to identify one with Duke Nukem’s Penthouse Paradise.