To be honest the Duke Nukem theme doesn’t sound much different on the hardware orchestra than it does on the video game. I’m starting to wonder if this is how original game soundtracks were created in the first place rather than some synthesized noise that was picked up by speakers that were less than up to par. That idea would get shot down I’m certain because of the simple fact that the hardware orchestra does more than just video games. This has been used for movies and TV shows alike and has produced kind of the same sound with a very different tune for each of them.
I give props to those that managed to create this kind of effect but after a while it does get kind of old simply because you hear the same underlying sound with a different tune. If a hardware orchestra could somehow be tuned to replicate the music without that underlying growl and hum of machinery it might be cool, but then there might be those that would say that it’s not the same thing. They’d be right in part but it might be something better. Duke Nukem kind of benefits since the game came out in the early 1990’s, when the music for most game systems still wasn’t all that great. It was stock music for the most part that could be changed and altered just enough to fit each game but had the same basic melody and form that enabled it to be so adaptive.
Duke Nukem as a game would probably be picketed at this time and banned in several states since the whole concept of the guy is that he likes violence and babes. He blows people up, blows their heads off, or finds some other creative way to kill them, and even references other movies and their catchphrases while doing it. Then, he treats women like objects and his games have shown a great deal more than most video games have even flirted with. In this day and age such a game would probably be considered for dismissal to the cutting room floor before being released to the public. It’s not the violence that would make it this way, but the portrayal of women to be honest. While so many video games sexualize women in a very needless manner Duke Nukem seems to celebrate the fact that it’s showing them topless, and instilling a sense that he’s allowed to do whatever he wants, whenever, and to whoever. For crying out loud there was a game where he was supposedly being pleasured by the Olsen twins, how messed up is that?
Fans of the games might stand up in defense of them and that’s just fine, what’s done is done and the games that have already been released aren’t likely to make a comeback unless someone figures out how to make people think that the content is nothing that bad. But any new games don’t seem to have much of a chance of making it to the public any time soon.