With Duke Nukem Forever’s impeding release in May, it renders thoughts of the real action heroes Nukem is modelled after and how often they are swarmed by women.

Video games wouldn’t be what they are today without the tough, aggressive beefcake, welding multiple weapons and breaking hearts. Duke Nukem, a favourite among his fans, is a chauvinistic, hyper masculine tough guy with a penitence for violence and buxom women. He is often caught in the arms of his female admirers, smoking his infamous cigar and chewing out smartass remarks. If Duke was real, you would find him partying with the likes of Charlie Sheen, hands full of women and sex. Men like Duke are regularly seen with little self esteem and self worth. Some could say they are suffering from ‘small man’s syndrome.’

The action hero is often seen as an immortal, womanizing god but lately there have been some worthy participants jeopardizing the rank of the King.

Commander Shepard from the Mass Effect series is a strong, reliable leader with a weakness for beautiful women. In multiple paths the player can choose often ends with Shepard in bed with one of his staff. He sent fans and critics into overdrive when he bedded half alien, half woman Liara T’Soni.

The controversial Jack Carver from Far Cry didn’t earn himself a strong fan base with his treatment of women. In Far Cry Predator, Jack meets a mysterious woman Kade who promises to give him whatever he wants if he helps her with her request. When she fulfils it, he asks if they can ‘go again.’

Snake from Metal Gear Solid is a man not seen far from a beautiful woman, caught a few times with his pants down. Niko Bellic of Grand Theft Auto fame seems to be rolling in sex, booze and drugs and Geralt from The Witcher is known throughout the land for his expertise under the sheets, bedding at least 30 women in the first game.

A special mention must be made to Grayson Hunt of Bulletstorm. The hunky space pirate admits continuously throughout the game as a self confessed ladies man but he never seems to make any successes with Trishka, his 18 year old team mate.

It doesn’t matter how many women they bed, or how many bad guys they kill, the quintessential  action hero is all that matters.

I am writer and gamer at heart. I live in Sydney and work for a gaming retailer.

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