PC Game Review Bombed After Patch Notes Include Anti-Mask Rant

Domina, a small game on Steam about controlling gladiators, is currently under review by users after the latest patch notes for the game included an unrelated tirade about people wearing masks during the pandemic. The post also explains that not wearing a mask will “make you sleepy” and seems to be implied that part of the ongoing pandemic is “a lie”.

As noted by PC Gameranother March 8 domina was updated on Steam. The update includes some fixes and some new content. But the patch notes for this update also contained ranting. slipped right into the middle, which requires people to “REMOVE THE FCKN MASKS” before derailing, even more than you probably expected.

Here is the complete, completely unedited message as it currently appears in the game’s v1.3.18 patch notes:

“REMOVE THE FCKN MASKS. The next time you’re at the grocery store, try showing your face to a woman. Be confident in yourself, do not be afraid of LIES – you may have a girlfriend. Women like confidence. Women don’t like dudes who cover their faces out of fear. What are you afraid of? Fuck? Grow.”

There is a lot to unpack. Firstly, it is not clear what “LIE” the author of this message is talking about. Are they hinting that masks don’t work? Are they assuming the pandemic is a hoax? Don’t be clear. It’s also strange how much this anti-disguise tirade focuses on the idea that masks prevent men from having sex. And the “Grow up” ending is just the cherry on top of that weird shitty sundae.

Kotaku contacted Valve about the message in the patch notes and also asked the developers behind domina to explain what “lie” they meant in the footnotes.

Since the patch notes were posted a few days ago, domina received hundreds of negative reviews on Steam. The game currently has an “Overwhelmingly Negative” review status, which is a sharp downgrade from its previously “Very Positive” status.

As one Steam reviewer explained in his negative review of the game, this whole situation is just embarrassing and sad.

“The anti-mask developers are using their patch notes as a glorified Twitter feed. Embarrassing.”

What’s even sadder is looking at past patch notes for the game, it’s clear that someone working on this game, or at least controlling its Steam account, is full of bad reviews. An earlier update included a patch note that ranted about people who watch too much porn.

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