Gay dating sim Dream Daddy has already proved to be a huge success after just one day on sale. The game allows players to create their own dad character and date other hot dads in the neighbourhood.
But what is it about the game that makes it so popular? Is it about more than the Game Grumps association? We investigate the reasons for its grand success.
Dream Daddy is an Instant Hit on Steam
After being delayed by a week, Dream Daddy finally launched on Steam yesterday and the response has been phenomenal. The game charged to the top of the Steam Top Sellers chart, even outperforming battle royale game du jour PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as well as Rocket League and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Today it sits at number two on the charts, only bested by other new release Kingdoms and Castles. It’s unclear exactly how many copies the game has sold but according to data from SteamCharts, at one point over 14,000 players were playing the game concurrently.
The fact that Dream Daddy is made by Game Grumps, a hugely popular gaming YouTube team, is one factor in its success. But in the masses of tweets (it trended on Twitter) and posts on other social media platforms, this association is certainly not the only reason why people are flocking to Steam to download the gay dating sim.
A fair amount of people have taken interest in the game because they’re looking for games with LGBTQ characters. Games with gay characters are few and far between and even then, those that do offer representation can get it wrong. Mass Effect Andromeda‘s gay romance controversy was due to the fact that it dropped the ball, with LGBTQ players feeling hurt and disappointed.
Dream Daddy also allows players to create non-white dads, as well as transgender dads and there is a transgender romance option too. Given that Andromeda got it wrong with its transgender NPC, it’s no wonder why fans are looking elsewhere for better representation and enthusing about it on social media too.
Also aiding to the game’s success is that it just seems to be fantastically written. Players picking their favourite romance choice in a dating game is par for the course, but Dream Daddy fans seem especially endeared by the variety of dads on offer, livetweeting and liveblogging cute and heartwarming moments with the dad of their dreams and debating how to get the best endings with different dads (getting the good ending for Joseph is one major talking point.)
There are other reasons for the game doing so well, sure. Some have picked up the game just because they want to create their own ‘dadsonas’ and a good many have found the game due to a popular Tumblr post that reimagined the Dream Daddy dads as Overwatch characters. Some may have even taken an interest just to experience the world’s best graphics pun.
Ultimately though, Dream Daddy‘s success is positive to see. Will more games try and emanate its success in future? Fingers crossed, because you can never have too many gay dad dating sims in your life.
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