Meta-bombing isn’t a new thing (the act of user reviews on Metacritic being shockingly low due to something unrelated to the game or something insignificant). Depression Quest however, is cruising on a impressive 1.1/10, mainly due to some very, very controversial allegations aimed at the developer, Zoe Quinn.
What is Depression Quest? It’s an START PERSONAL OPINION interesting END PERSONAL OPINION textbook ‘choose your own path’ game focused on how depression influences and damages lives. I actually played DQ months ago when it was a browser game, and the final Steam release seems to be the exact same thing. Zoe Quinn released it for free following the news of Robin William’s death.
Depression Quest has been controversial since it came out with people arguing over whether it was a game, or worth playing. As a female indie developer with growing success, Zoe turned into a sort of heroine of feminist gamers which come with their own controversy.