Steam indie games Domina was bombarded with a large number of negative reviews on Steam due to developer Dolphin Barn Incorporated’s anti-masking comments in the game’s recent patch notes. Fans weren’t pleased with the developer’s bluntly inserting personal political views into a game that was supposed to be about gladiator management.
Anti-mask speech in patch notes causes immediate backlash
inside Patch Notes v1.3.18 for DominaBetween the rather mundane bullet points for optimized particle effects and game balance, the developer has a few words to choose from about masks during the Covid pandemic:
“FCKN MASK OFF – Next time you’re at the grocery store, try showing a woman your face. Be confident, don’t be afraid of lies – you can have a girlfriend. Women like confidence. Women don’t like guys who cover their faces out of fear. What are you scared? Fired? Grow up.”
This isn’t the first time Dolphin Barn has inserted comments into their patch notes. inside v.1.2.89 update for the gamethere are a few… choice words for what the developer considers the “weak sex”:
“… Weak men lack courage. strong moral ropes are hard to come by. it is earned through hard work and sacrifice and it cannot be obtained through onlyfans or pornhub. no, those damn things are wiles waiting to show you a succubus in order in the hopes you’ll waste the burden on her…”
At the same time, the developer doesn’t want you to “let strangers online tell you your way of life”.
Unsurprisingly, the backlash from user reviews on Steam was quick and serious. One reviewer was bewildered by the developers “using their patch notes as a glorified twitter feed”, although many only accused the game of “removing content”. content from the game for later sale as dlc.” At the time of this writing, the game has a “Mostly Negative” rating with only 24% of reviews within the last 30 days being positive.
In other news, the game director for the Perfect Dark reboot has left and many Xbox games, with the exception of Halo, are now live on the Steam Deck.
https://www.gamerevolution.com/news/703466-anti-mask-rant-covid-steam-game-review-bombed-pc-steam-domina Anti-Mask Rant makes Domina Game on Steam get a rating