Gay dating sim game
is an unabashedly queer game, but not performatively so; it's far more interested in being than announcing.
Some of the dads have had relationships with women before, some with men, but there's no agonizing about their sexual orientation and no more mention of it than there would be in a traditionally heterosexual romance.
You meet six other dads who just happen to live in the same suburban cul-de-sac, and with a little help from a Facebook analogue called Dadbook, the dating begins.
The result is something as sincere and funny as it is heart-rending, a self-aware, deeply humanistic game whose witty script makes even the most groan-worthy dad puns seem to sparkle.
You can try to impress the music nerd or the academic with knowledge you don't have, but chances are your fakery will fall flat.
You might think that the best way to win points with a standoffish dad is through sarcasm; once you learn his backstory, however, you find that what he really wants is kindness.
They simply follow their hearts, and any obstacles they face are a result of emotional and personal complications, not struggles with their identities.
“We were determined to not make any of the dads' individual paths their sexuality or have their sexuality be their defining trait," Gray says.
“The argument ‘oh, I don’t know if it’s going to sell’ isn’t going to fly anymore," Gray says.“A lot of times with dating sims it’s a matter of getting a read on the character’s personality and telling them exactly what they want to hear,” Gray says.“That's a really frustrating way to play a game.”, though, encourages players not to think about romance as a game at all.“The most moving [feedback] comes from people who are trans or nonbinary people feeling really included in this experience,” Gray says.“Someone actually messaged me today and said that this game encouraged them to come out as non-binary to their parents.