I wrote a review for your Dear Game.
It's much appreciated! I thought the review was certainly fair. I would like to address one concern of mine regarding a particular pair of sentences, just to clear up and misconceptions.
I should do a little bit of PR for MonkeyMaw as the game does sometimes feel a little bit sexist. The wife of the player is constantly nagging and every time you attempt to do something right, she is angry with the result.
It does come off as sexist, but I assure you that wasn't the intention at all. The point is that while the player thinks he can do some right by satisfying her needs or wants, but it's far too late for that. She's not meant to be nagging, she is just fed up from stuff over the years. I can better sum this up with a comment I posted on GameJolt regarding this matter. Here is the question a player asked, followed by my response.
I loved it, the graphics are awesome, the story is a bit depressing though, is there anything I can do to make thing "work out"?
"Unfortunately, no. I wanted to put the player in a situation that was out of your control. You may feel that you are in control as you can make a choice via purchases, but ultimately, this relationship is over. I've been in a similar situation. No matter what I did, the relationship was broken and could not be fixed. While it is depressing, it's probably all too familiar to quite a few people whom may have experienced something similar. You wanting to make the relationship work out is exactly what I wanted from this game! The ending was intentionally over the top and there is reason. It is a game afterall, and I didn't feel a simple break up would mean much to a player. I needed it to have a little more impact."
So no, it's not my perception of how a husband and wife treat each other. It's not about making the wife look bad. I can see how that can be interpreted though, and maybe next time I design a short story game, I'll convey my intention better than I did with Dear. Regardless, thank you for the great review, I look forward to more!
Edited by MonkeyMaw, 24 April 2013 - 07:08 PM.