The weeaboo pyramid scheme that is Genshin Impact on my PS5 was uninstalled for several months. It was a game that felt made for me, but it was also a game that understood all of my worst instincts. So I took myself away and never looked back.
I have had an addictive personality, and would invest money or jump through hoops to get things in games like Genshin Impact or Overwatch even if I am not in a position to do so financially. That doesnt matter, I will worry about the consequences later as I spend precious pennies on primogems or loot boxes to earn a hero or skin that will elude me forever unless I find a way to earn it right now. Genshin Impact also knows that, which is the most
Im not sure how much I have spent on Genshin Impact, but if I even know off the top of my head, I do know that all of it was ignored for the wrong reasons. Mihoyo has created a stunning fictional world and a powerful narrative to enliven it, but all of these accomplishments are undermined by a gacha system that makes its characters the stars above all else. Whenever a new update rolls around we are not talking about a new area or where the questline will
We arent sinking hours into Genshin Impact for any real sense of satisfaction or pleasure. During an anime girl slot machine that doesnt give a fuck how we end up feeling at the end of it all, odds are always stacked against us, instead of being forced to spend money or complete quests to earn primogems. I was not even using them, I was able to roll them and bathe in the temporary high before never touching them again. The game wasn''t what I was here
So I went cold turkey and removed the game, and I told myself I would never touch it again. Im thankful that unless youre keeping up with each new update, Genshin Impact is more than happy to leave lapsed players behind as they become buried in an avalanche of missions and lore to catch up on. However, new character banners and optional activities remain the same, so it feels like the game is designed to keep us immersed in its corrupt ecosystem for as long as possible until, like me, you
I understand why people love this game, especially when gameplay systems and the open world structure are so generous for a free-to-play effort, thus posing a new challenge in the genre when it comes to quality and breadth of content that can be accessed without spending a penny. There are many people who spend months saving up primogems only to spin them on a specific banner as part of one massive bender, almost guaranteeing a free legendary drop through quantity.
The same issues remain, although you have spent goodness knows how much time earning this meaningless currency, only to lose it in a verge of losing it, as long as the logic has failed. If youre has either been angry or devastated, you''ll be sure to do it once more.
Mihoyo became a business juggernaut by developing stunning worlds and engaging gameplay mechanics held hostage by a gacha system that remains one of the worst in the business. It might gain revenue by eliminating cosmetics or a battle pass that isn''t complete garbage (it currently only serves to draw more attention to the existence of primogems and other currencies to roll characters). Everything comes back to a singular focus, and once that became clear I had no choice but to call it quits.
Genshin Impact is a great game, perhaps even great, but it''s also a dangerous one that I will never play again if I can assist it. Gacha is the devil, and it walks among us.