"indie games" are the unpaid R&D wing of AAA and some people feel flattered by this
when people pillory a woman for making a dating sim or having a romantic element in a game where a character behaves "problematically" it's as if-- what? If one indie game doesn't have the totally formulaic and comfy-twee relationships in it, the next fucking Dragon Age or Mass Effect won't let you fuck whoever in the most dull way possible? It'll be bad representation? that's not their responsibility, but I feel like there's this silent assumption all dating sims are made to iterate on fucking bioware shit
the point is, those games only vaguely know their ass from their elbow in terms of how to make a dating sim because they're extractive of actually interesting work, mostly by women, mostly making dating sims, and yet there are sooooo many goofy academics who talk about these games without this context at all, as if they just emerged from the void as the first games where you can date someone.
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