While I have no real interest in dating sims, I think I’m going to buy this one because of how uneasy it seems to make all of the stick-in-the-ass so-called "gamers".
I love it when conservatives feel challenged, it means the world is going forward, leaving them behind in the process ;)
I don't think anyone feels challenged; rather that a large subset of regulars feel this is at best, a confusingly scouted pick that only a very small subset of people would be interested in.
So let's try a logical approach:
There's dating sims. The audience here tends not to skew in favor of them.
Then you add the factor of being old. And not fantasy old or hot old. But just reality
old. Video games are a form of escapism. People want to escape being old.
So these in mind, the question asked is: Who is this for? What is the internal direction of the team that decided this was the game that would be right for the audience? The demographics may sweep upwards a bit compared to a normal chart, but I'd have to see proof of this.
These discussions for game approvals could take weeks. At some point, an agreement is reached; but what is the stamp of approval reading?
There are obvious signs of favoritism, (anything made in Poland, no matter what) but after that, there's absolutely no rhyme or reason. I feel that Patrician Havelock Vetinari was right: What most people want in their lives is a resemblance of order; for tomorrow to look mostly alike today.
Unfortunately, there is neither a resemblance of order or even a benevolent dictator, we've had to resort to dowsing rods & divining the stars in the vain hope of attempting to figure out what the auditors are thinking. Even followers of Blind Io have more guidance than this!
I have one rather... disturbing idea that could explain it logically. The LGBTQ-ism. Now, don't get me wrong - that part is not what bothers me about this release, even if I find the new made up pronouns ridiculous. Whatever. But it seems every one of the recently released dating sims lists LGBTetc. as a feature of the game. GOG can simply be afraid to reject such a game and possibly facing another twitter-storm over it. They have folded like origami before to twitter outrage. I call this possibility disturbing, because I think anyone sane would agree that, while there's nothing wrong with including LGBTetc. people or themes in a game, it also shouldn't be the curation equivalent of a "get out of jail free" card.
I may be way of base here. But it really is the only sensible explanation I have.