Indie Studio Dolphin Barn Review Under Fire After Anti-Mask Patch Notes

Dolphin Barn, the developer of Domina, a pixel-art “gladiator management simulator,” has come under fire for putting anti-mask rhetoric into recent patch notes for the game. The studio recently released an update, with one of its points reading “TAKE OFF THE FCKN MASKS”.

“Next time you’re at the grocery store, try showing a woman your face,” read the patch notes. “Be confident, unafraid of the LIES — you might get a girlfriend. Women like confidence. Women don’t like dudes who cover their faces in fear. What are you afraid of? Getting laid? Grow up.”

Since then, the game has received an “overwhelmingly negative” rating from recent reviews (totaling 487 as of this writing), contrasting the “very positive” overall rating (from 7,411 reviews) for the game.

Domina’s official Twitter account has been responding to the criticism, with a tweet saying: “Good women expect and demand confident, unmasked men who can still pay for things. Fact. Seethe, or learn.”

This isn’t the first time Dolphin Barn has expressed these sentiments. A previous patch note (from May 6th, 2021) said, “Don’t let strangers on the internet tell you how to live your life. If you want to be told how to live your life, read the new testament. The internet will only give you lies.”

(All information was provided by NME)

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