YMMV: Gone Home

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Do Terry and Jan disapprove of Sam and Lonnie's relationship because they see her lesbianism as wrong, or is it a reflexive reaction where they don't want to acknowledge the truth? After all, one can say "Not That There's Anything Wrong with That" but still feel poleaxed when a close friend or family member comes out as gay/bi/lesbian. And it crosses a social stigma with a Hormone-Addled Teenager who was apparently acting rebellious since the move - so in their minds, it would be far easier to label it as "just a phase" than accept her word as truth.
  • For that matter, are their actions motivated by their difficulty with the subject of lesbianism (as Sam's account of her talk with them indicates) or more because they're afraid Lonnie is a bad influence on her (as their letter to her indicates)?
    • Of course, if you figured out what was going on with Uncle Oscar, Terry's disapproval of homosexuality does take on an uncomfortable new dimension. And it means that Oscar's managed to (indirectly) wreck the lives of three generations of his own family.
  • Cliché Storm: The harshest criticisms to the game put it in this light. Many argue that if they had flipped the gender of one of the characters, but left everything else intact, the game would have been bashed as a generic teenager love story with an unhealthy message (running away with your loved one when you're only 18. See Family-Unfriendly Aesop below). The sexuality angle does have some relevance to the overarching plot, though, as Terry has a very good reason to be uncomfortable with homosexuality, especially in a family member.
  • Critical Dissonance: Reviewers have given it almost universally glowing reviews, but the reaction among players has been considerably more mixed. This is primarily due to the price ($20 for at most 3 hours of gameplay).
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Sam steals a lot of stuff from her well-meaning-but-clueless family to fund her elopement with Lonnie. So... romantic love is worth sacrificing your morals and sabotaging your family's financial state? And for the same reason, Sam abandoning her literary scholarship — a gateway to her dream career — for the same reasons.
  • Fridge Horror: Several.
    • One reviewer put together a spectrum of clues to show that Oscar Masan, Terrence Greenbriar's uncle, previous resident of the house where the game takes place, abused his nephew in 1963.
    • The plot in general can be widely interpreted in completely different ways, depending on how cynically one views the characters involved.
  • Glurge: Lonnie's initial coming onto Sam is reciprocated, but still uncomfortable for Sam. The ending is more severe though, with Lonnie and Sam running away to be together, but not before Sam steals all the electronics in the house. It's worth noting Sam hadn't graduated yet either and ran away from her creative writing course that she was excited to be in, all to pursue a teenage romance that could be just as prone to burning out after a time of fiery passion as straight teenage romances are.
  • Hype Backlash: Sort of inevitable considering how many people gave it high or perfect scores.
  • It's Short, so It Sucks : Two to three hours tops if you explore everything. One person on /v/ beat it in less time than it took to make a Hot Pocket, though that fits more under Sequence Breaking.
  • It Was His Sled: The gay romance plotline is fairly well-known by this point.