Dwarf Fortress Is Loved So Much It’s Confusing Locals On Steam


A press photo of the terrifyingly complex dungeons of Dwarf Fortress.

Screenshot: Bay 12 Play

Dwarf Fortress‘s massive graphical overhaul and accompanying Steam release have received the 16-year-old game well triumphant reviews. Currently sporty 4,634 “Overwhelmingly Positive” Reviews on Steam, people are delighted. But one person doubts. They posted in the threads about the roguelike game on Steam asking “have all those people… been waiting for a chance to pay $30?” To which more than 1,000 people answered “Yes”.

Since 2006, Dwarf Fortress has offered an ever deeper simulation of dwarf life, in a true Villain-like that now features NPCs with vibrant personalities, intricate combat, civilization simulation, and a dynamic weather model about as intricate as Mother Nature’s own. Mercilessly tough, and designed to see you eventually fail, its complexity would take an encyclopedia to convey.

Entitled “check out the ratings”, an EternalNoolet decided there was something suspiciously wrong with this newly released Steam game’s sudden popularity.

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Expanding on their title, they said “and tell me how sane people can post an overwhelmingly positive 10/10 game of the century review on day 1.” Noticing the number of ratings increasing incredibly quickly, they added, “20 minutes ago the count was 1700, now it’s 1900.” And then the post author posed the question for the ages:

have all those people been playing DF for free for 25 years and just waiting for a chance to pay $30?

“Yes,” replied Steam account Frank McFuzz. “Yes,” continued Jinkl. “Yes”, was the answer of Ferien auf dem Innenhof. Meanwhile dneb2000 replied with “Yes”.

EternalNooblet was not deterred. “Literally in the time since the thread was posted, the count went from 1900 to 2000.”

And yet the yeses kept coming. And come. And come. At the time of writing, the conversation is on the 84th page, with 15 answers per page.

A page of people saying "Yes" on steam.

I’ll have what she has.
Screenshot: Valve / Kotaku

Dwarf Fortress, in development since 2002, was first made available to the public in 2006. At that time, the ASCII-rendered game was free to download, though donations were welcome from anyone who might enjoy it. And it remained that way until yesterday.

Earlier this year, Kotaku warned readers that the team of two brothers behind the game could really use some money, after a sudden drop in donations. Delicious, Kotaku readers gathered and we heard back that they had a enormous a spike in donations from our excellent audience, which kept the couple from paying huge medical bills until this month’s release.

What poor EternalNooblet failed to see is how much love there is Dwarf Fortress, and brothers Tarn and Zach Adams. This astonishingly large and complex RPG has been the model for an entire generation of sequels, in no small part Edgeworld and Minecraft. Its lack of graphical fidelity and rock-hard difficulty probably kept it from receiving the global adoration of the franchises that followed. None of that stopped a huge community that grew around the ever-evolving, extraordinarily complex dungeon explorer, now enjoying throwing money at its creators for this brand new version.

Since I started writing this post, that number of positive reviews has risen to 4,727. Something must be wrong! Are people really that crazy about this game?!






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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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