on dream daddy
i’m going to preface this by saying i haven’t played the game, and i don’t plan to. therefore most of my knowledge about the game is second hand, so i apologize if i get anything wrong.
the game immediately turned me off because of it’s heavy involvement w/ the game grumps. the game grumps are homophobic, transphobic and racist. i’m not going to argue that point. the choice to involve people who are known for being homophobic and transphobic on a game about gay (and I think at least one trans dude?) people sends 100% the wrong message. it automatically alienates lgbt people. on the other hand, i think both of the developers are some form of lgbt themselves… but they still chose to work w known racists/homophobes/transphobes so how you feel about that may vary.
as the game was released recently, it was promptly datamined and people found a very disturbing, homophobic ending which cast the entire game in a very ugly light. apparently the ending isn’t in the actual game proper and is just rough code, so it either was cut or is for upcoming (presumably halloween themed) dlc. again feelings may vary on this but i feel that seeing as it isn’t actually IN the game, it’s not a huge bother to me.
the game itself seems nice enough from what i’ve seen and heard. i can get why people are playing it and enjoying it. however straight people playing a gay dating sim can definitely be a little voyeuristic, and already some of the lets plays done by straight people are Uncomfortable. this by itself wouldn’t be the game’s fault if they hadn’t involved the game grumps which imo makes the game seem like a gay game for straight people. that’s just my hot take but others may disagree.
if a sga person plays it, especially mlm (because ostensibly the game should be for mlm) and enjoys it, good. as a gay dude i know how starved ppl are for good Gay Games, especially sfw gay games/dating sims. so if people who should be the intended audience can enjoy it, good. that doesn’t mean that they can handwave the game grump’s involvement tho. they should never have been involved in the project and do not deserve defending.
tl;dr if you’re gay and enjoy it I Get It, but be aware and don’t support the game grumps. i’m not going to send people on a letter writing campaign but try and let the devs hear your discomfort with the game grumps and why. make a fucking stink.