Don't Make Love
is an indie simulation for Windows released in 2017
This simulates a relationship dilemma through the point of view of praying
mantises, insects famed for their inability to have safe sex. Word is: "Assume
the role of a praying mantis in a relationship dilemma. Torn between their
mutual love and the instinct to have sex – which could lead to the male mantis’s
death – the couple is now on the verge of making a decision. Try to keep their
relationship in balance by typing anything you want in response to your partner
during this life-changing conversation. Do your best to convey your feelings in
a situation without satisfying solution." As noted in
this Italian obituary
, developer Dario D'Ambra passed away this summer, and
an In Memoriam post on Steam
announces the game is now available for free in
his memory (thanks Ant
). Here's that:
It’s been three years since the release of Don’t Make Love. Three wonderful
years, full of amazing people and all kinds of emotions.
This game was developed by a great human being out of the need to
communicate personal experiences, thoughts, and emotions. It isn’t meant to
portray just a relationship problem, but also the difficulties that every one of
us encounters when facing a crossroad in our life. Dario’s dream was, indeed, to
create a game that could reflect that. Something that could be not only a short
and entertaining distraction, but a small and intimate life experience, and to
do so, he poured his own soul into the game.
To remember him and allow everyone to catch a glimpse of his beautiful soul,
from today, Don’t Make Love is free to download.
Thanks to all of you that supported us, criticized us, and made us better.
Thanks to all of those that shared their emotions with us. This game was made by
Dario for all of you. Experience it. Live it.
Giorgio, Nina, and Patrick