Ticked Off Genshin Impact Players Go On Review-Bomb Spree

Ticked Off Genshin Impact Players Go On Review-Bomb Spree
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Genshin Impact’s one-year anniversary is underway, but not all players are finding it a cause for celebration. For anyone familiar with the game’s community on social media or who follows some of its biggest streamers, it’s been impossible to escape players’ complaints about the anniversary rewards. After first review bombing Genshin Impact on the Google Play Store in retaliation for what they see as miHoYo’s stinginess with the rewards, some players have started complaining about the game in the review sections for other mobile games. Most of those games aren’t even made by miHoYo, the company behind Genshin Impact.

On September 20, miHoYo unveiled the rewards for Genshin Impact’s one-year anniversary. However, most of them were locked behind raffles and contests, frustrating players. Anger was further compounded when the anniversary web event only gave players a smidgen of premium currency, equal to about a fourth of the cost of a single gacha roll. For almost a week, it was impossible to go into the Genshin Impact or miHoYo Twitter tags without seeing complaints about the minuscule anniversary offerings.

Players were further incensed once miHoYo started deleting threads complaining about the anniversary from their official forum, limiting threads on the official Reddit subforum, and banning players from the official Discord. Players responded by review bombing Genshin Impact on the Google Play Store. At the time of writing, the game had dropped from a 4.5 to a 2.8. But the retaliation didn’t stop there. Fans of other free-to-play games were unimpressed when they discovered that Genshin players were complaining about anniversary rewards in review sections for unrelated games. None of these complaints had specific demands.

So far, Kotaku has independently confirmed that the games affected include Honkai Impact, Arknights, Tears of Themis, Clash of Clans, Cookie Run Kingdom, Fate/Grand Order, Epic Seven, Punishing Grey Raven, Dragalia Lost, and League of Legends: Wild Rift. Not all the ratings were negative, as some users left a high rating while complaining about Genshin in the review. It’s confusing why Genshin players feel unheard, since their discontent has taken over all of the tags related to the anniversary. Honkai Impact and Tears of Themis were the hardest hit, since those games were also developed by miHoYo.

The Genshin community is starting to develop a reputation for harassing parties unrelated to their discontent. Just two days ago, the English voice actress for Genshin character Kokomi tweeted that it was unacceptable to harass voice actors for a game studio’s decisions. This was in reference to how the Chinese voice actress for Kokomi was forced to cancel a livestream due to the harassment she received about Kokomi’s lacklustre gameplay.

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but the entirety of the English gacha community has heard you complaining about the anniversary rewards. We get it. Now please stop dragging random parties into your personal beef with miHoYo.

Comments

  • As I stated on the other article about review bombing this week. Review bombers are nothing but trolls. Please don’t feed them.

    • You feed them by getting mad about them.
      You feed them by writing articles complaining about them.

      Review bombing exists because its effective. It exists because its a guaranteed method to get attention on an issue.

      The devs brought this on themselves by going out of their way to shut down negative feedback on all platforms.

  • “You didn’t give me enough for free for this game I paid nothing for, so I’m gunna have a tantrum.

    I am Entitled godammit!!”

    • It is free for the players who chose not to spend but I’ve been playing this game for almost a year and certainly have spent plenty. Is it too much for a player like me to expect some level of recognition from miHoYo?

    • The review bombs aren’t just about the anniversary event. It’s the censorship of various things in game (and now effeminate characters), the giving of thousands of dollars worth of premium currency to influencers who stream (but not the general player base for the anniversary?), the Resin system simply not working even as a cash grab, the godawful story that’s only getting more nonsensical the longer it goes on, the tens of millions of dollars they’ve apparently spent on having custom Twitter emotes, releasing 5 star characters who simply suck even through they’re difficult to acquire without dropping real money, having a leaker who was giving advance warning for farming advice arrested, etc. It’s a huge unending list of complaints about the sheer greed of the company and the anniversary event being the ultimate Scrooge event was the fuck you cherry on top for the people playing it. This isn’t about the anniversary, it’s about a company run by arseholes.

      The anniversary is the straw that broke the camel’s back, not the reason for the outrage. MiHoYo has had this coming for months now and have dragged other companies into it because the people want everyone else to know that Genshin Impact has completely gone to shit. If MiHoYo had’ve simply addressed their umpteen controversies instead of giving millions of dollars in premium currency to streamers as “community rewards”, it wouldn’t have gotten to this point.

    • If basically every other big gacha can be more generous in general and at the very least on anniversaries, that makes it pretty clear this is just Mihoyo being stingy.

      Especially when you see how much money Genshin makes.
      Lets just say they have made enough that they could theoretically continue development of the game at its current pace with no further income for over a decade and still be in the green.

      Sure they dont HAVE TO, but when basically every other big gacha game does and you want to keep yours foremost in peoples mind so they dont leave, just being a little generous would be the smart move.

  • Getting what they paid for I guess. I’d be more worried about the data they are scraping than free gifts but whatever.

  • ” It’s confusing why Genshin players feel unheard, since their discontent has taken over all of the tags related to the anniversary.”

    *points to earlier in the article*

    “Players were further incensed once miHoYo started deleting threads complaining about the anniversary from their official forum, limiting threads on the official Reddit subforum, and banning players from the official Discord.”

    When the company bans all forms of criticism from anything that was designed to give feedback, then going on a “review bomb” is the last bastion of getting that feedback to the company. It’s got nothing to do with entitlement, its about yet another company who treats the players like walking wallets, slowly giving less and less for time or money used in the game.

  • Played it myself due to its being sort of a Zelda clone. But it turns out much like every other money grab/farming game. Making progress/collections behind a pay wall. And this birthday thing is just another method that is used to farm from what now seems to be the regular gamer type.

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