Voyeur VS player
Possibly the biggest difference between watching Love Island and playing Love Island: The Game has to be your perspective.
Watching Love Island is a bit of a voyeuristic experience, watching the emotional trials of a group of people, even seeing them react to public scrutiny of their relationships - somewhat haunting.
It doesn't feel that way in the game, where you're living it up beside the pool with the rest of the housemates, flirting with lads and drinking cocktails.
You have to admit though, the people in Love Island are very, well, genuine. When you see them try to talk to each other, flubbing their words and inserting swears to fill dead air, you can tell that they are, in fact, real.
Over on Love Island: The Game though, yes, they're digital charicatures obviously, but they're just… Fake. I guess. Look, I know that's a terrible observation, but it feels poignant.
Like, the abs. In The Game? Chiseled. And I'm devastated. Love Island? Realistic. And I'm not too jealous.
All about me
I don't like it when the spotlight isn't on me. Anyone else get that? It's not fair.
And when watching Love Island, well, it's all about them. Their relationships or whatever. I don't like it. Why isn't there a TV show about me?
Conveniently, Love Island: The Game is from my perspective, my custom character, and you best believe, it's all about me. I can get just as argumentative and judgemental as anyone else, and you best believes the boys want me. I'm a walking thirst trap.
It's in the dialogue. As I've mentioned, the Love Island cast feel very genuine, but the cast of The Game… Well, they're better talkers.
It's the wonder of having everything you ever need to say pre-written, I suppose, you seem far more verbose. Frankly, I cringed a bit when watching the shoe a lad decided to woo his lady friend by telling her the time they'd spent together had been "like, really, like, so sick."
The gents in Love Island: The Game feel like they play up to having a smaller vocabulary, comparatively, but that could just be the writers letting too much flair show through.
Love Island has heart, guys. It really does. I didn't know, I thought it was really shallow, but there were actually a few "aww" scenes that made me smile.
Who knew? Like, I thought it was just swearing and shagging, but apparently there are some genuine emotions thrown in there too, brings a tear to my eye.
It's hard to see the game, meanwhile, as anything but a bit cynical. But I guess that makes shooting down the lads way funnier than it is on the show, where someone actually gets their feelings hurt.