Speaking Simulator adds co-op multiplayer

Speaking Simulator
(Image credit: Affable Games)

Our own Christopher Livingston found himself empathizing greatly with the robotic character you play in Speaking Simulator. "As an extremely self-conscious, shy, anxiety-riddled person," he wrote, "I spend most of my face-to-face conversations struggling to get my thoughts out properly and imagining the other person's suspicion meter rising, too."

In a recent update, Speaking Simulator patched in co-op multiplayer so you no longer need to be alone while suffering social anxiety and having sparks fly out of your malfunctioning eye sockets. As developers Affable Games put it, "Harness the power of 100%-real-human-friendship and cooperatively seduce Karen from HR." They note that this couch co-op feature also works via Steam Remote Play, which is helpful for those who are self-isolating right now.

The update also adds new difficulty options, including the ability to turn off any upgrades you've purchased, and Twitch integration. It's 35% off on Steam at the moment as well.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.