Steam Game Dev’s Patch Notes Include Anti-Mask Rant, Users Immediately Revolt

Steam Game Dev’s Patch Notes Include Anti-Mask Rant, Users Immediately Revolt
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Domina, a small game on Steam about managing gladiators, is currently being review bombed by users after the latest patch notes for the game included an unrelated rant about people wearing masks during the pandemic. The message also explains that not wearing a mask will “get you laid” and seems to imply that parts of the ongoing pandemic are “lies.”

As spotted by PC Gamer, back on March 8 Domina on Steam was updated. The update included some fixes and a bit of new content. But the patch notes for this update also contained a rant, slipped right into the middle of it, that demands people “TAKE OFF THE FCKN MASKS” before going off the rails even more than you probably expected.

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

“TAKE OFF THE FCKN MASKS – Next time you’re at the grocery store, try showing a woman your face. 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.”

There’s a lot to unpack there. For starters, it’s not clear what “LIES” the writer of this message is talking about. Are they implying masks don’t work? Are they suggesting the pandemic is a hoax? It’s not clear. It’s also bizarre how focused this anti-mask rant is on the idea of masks making it hard for men to get laid. And ending with “Grow up” is just the cherry on top of this strange shit sundae.

Kotaku has reached out to Valve about the message in the patch notes and has also asked the devs behind Domina to explain what “lies” they implied in the notes.

Since posting the patch notes a few days ago, Domina has been hit with hundreds of negative Steam reviews. The game currently sports an “Overwhelmingly Negative” review status, a sharp decline from the previously held status of “Very Positive.”

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

“Anti-masker devs using their patch notes as a glorified Twitter feed. Embarrassing.”

Even sadder, looking through past patch notes for the game, it becomes clear that someone working on this game or at least in control of its Steam account, is filled with bad takes. An earlier update included patches notes that ranted about people watching too much porn.


  • Good on the dev for getting the message out there. Were it a dev expressing a different set of politics, no-doubt Kotaku would be sycophantic towards their screeds.

    • So… you’re saying that if a dev expressed a different opinion… then Kotaku’s opinion would also change…. like normal human beings tend to do….

      Easy with the hot takes there buckaroo…

      • Nah. He’s just letting us know how much he despises this website, its politics and most of the content it hosts.

        Gamer Joker is at the vanguard of the fight against common sense, science and social justice, one social media post at a time.

        Vive la révolution!

      • I don’t know why he hates reading kotaku, but still comes here everyday to read it anyeay, let alone comment… especially when most of the articles are from the US site, so the author is never going see of feel these disdainful jabs.

        Joker, if you want attention or want to prove a point there are 161 comments on the US sites original article, dive in there.

        • Of the many ways he’s a useful idiot, one of them is that he hate-comments just about every article and drives “engagement”.

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