PRESS RELEASE  Tuesday 14 th February 2012



The independent developer STOUT GAMES announces a VALENTINE STEAM DAILY DEAL on its title „DINNER DATE”.

Last year STOUT GAMES released its début drama „DINNER DATE”, which was nominated for the IGF NUOVO AWARD 2011. In theme with Valentine’s day, Stout Games offers its contender for the DEFINITIVE LONELY VALENTINE at a 50% deal on STEAM.

The unique nature of „Dinner Date”, in which you become the subconsciousness of Julian Luxemburg as he anxiously waits for his date, is what has earned it its Nuovo Award nomination. As his perfect preparation for a date is overrun by his increasing worries, you will be with him in a startlingly intimate way. By doing the small, natural actions of Julian, such as tapping the table and looking at the clock, while simultaneously listening to Julian’s stream of thoughts, you gain a perspective on him which gives you the chance to get to know Julian’s concerns better than he knows them himself.

With this deal Stout Games hopes that more players may find out what goes on in the mind of a man being stood up, along with whether the girl will come and how long he can bare listening to the ticking clock.

Dates and price

- Dinner Date is available for €2.24 ($2.49)

Dinner Date – Context

Dinner Date was released amongst commercial titles such as  The Graveyard and  The Path (Tale of Tales, 2006, 2009) as well as  Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream, 2010) and  Dear Esther (The Chinese Room, 2012) and free mods such as and  Handle with Care (Radiator Games, 2009), titles which have at times polarized journalists and gamers by deviating from established norms. It has been met with keen interest from press with a large number of articles, reviews and interviews in both online and physical press. Dinner Date fits in a current trend of developers taking very different approaches to games and being met with encouraging reactions from press and players, showing a lot of opportunities for innovative developers.

Dinner Date – Credits

Stout Games – Jeroen D. Stout (

Music – Than van Nispen tot Pannerden (

Stout Games – The Developer

Stout Games has been founded by Jeroen D. Stout, a scholar in gamedesign with a Master of Arts in Gamedesign & Development at the  Utrecht School of the Arts (Netherlands) and a Master of Science in Computer Games Technology at the  University of Portsmouth (United Kingdom). In Portsmouth he was supervised by Dr Dan Pinchbeck (creator of cultural classics  Dear Esther and  Korsakovia) and became enthused to begin developing games commercially, still following the fascination for original play that has been with him ever since playing  The Graveyard (Tale of Tales, 2006) for the first time. In publishing Dinner Date he founded Stout Games, the goal of which is creating games innovative in play, using intelligent subject matters and infused with romantic-realistic plots and settings. Jeroen is intent on furthering art games by combining an academic perspective with a passion for all classical arts and romantic-realistic literature.



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