Genshin Impact Cancels Elon Musk Event Following Fan Pushback

Genshin Impact Cancels Elon Musk Event Following Fan Pushback
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I am convinced that I have died and gone to hell. Last night, the official Genshin Impact Twitter account tweeted a contest in which the rewards included inviting billionaire CEO Elon Musk to developer miHoYo’s corporate headquarters in Shanghai. Clearly, I’m not alone in feeling this way, and the contest was rapidly cancelled as fans made their feelings about it known.

Sometime before announcing the contest, the Genshin Impact account changed its display name from “Paimon,” the guide fairy who aids players during the main quest, to “Genshin Impact.”

The account then posted an image with the following text at around 10 PM ET.

Follow Ella Musk @Paimon2themoon

When 500k fans follow, @GenshinImpact will be renamed back to Paimon

When 1M fans follow, @GenshinImpact will follow @elonmusk

When 3M fans follow, @GenshinImpact will invite @elonmusk to stream Genshin Impact

When 5M fans follow, CEO Dawei will invite Elon Musk to visit miHoYo HQ

I’m not against corporate collabs, actually. The KFC collaboration where Chinese players got red-and-white wings in the game was cool. But this? This is just pure cringe.

Elon Musk is a tech billionaire who recently became the wealthiest person in the world. He is most widely known as the CEO Of Tesla Motors and SpaceX. He’s also caused controversy by spreading pandemic misinformation, threatening union organisers, calling a Thai cave rescuer a ‘pedophile,’ and being asked to stop tweeting by a federal agency.

The Ella Musk Twitter account, named after a quest NPC in Genshin Impact, appears to be a promotional tool for showcasing Genshin Impact fan creators. In the game, Ella Musk is a young girl who studies the language used by Hilichurls (a Genshin Impact enemy that resembles Breath of the Wild’s Bokoblins). Before this bizarre collaboration attempt, there were no links between her and the tech billionaire.

And frankly, nobody wanted a collaboration between Elon Musk and their beloved gacha game. By the time that the Genshin Impact account deleted the contest tweet, it had already accumulated roughly 20,000 quote retweets, which is generally not a great sign. Most responses from the player base were overwhelmingly negative. Some pointed out that the attempted crossover was a massive reach, since Elon Musk is more well-known for being a billionaire than a gamer. Others were just unimpressed by annoying billionaires. Most fans felt that the community team was “out of touch” with the Genshin community.

The social media manager seemed to get the message eventually. At around 2 AM ET, the contest tweet was deleted from the Genshin Impact account.

At 3:57 AM ET, Elon Musk tweeted that he wanted to be a character in Genshin Impact:

I can forgive miHoYo if it never acknowledges this incident ever again. No amount of Twitter clout is worth giving Elon Musk more social media relevance than he already has. And I know that most of the Genshin community feels the exact same way.

Comments

    • Give it a few days, he has the effect on folks.

      I swear I’ve never seen someone shed and gain supporters as fast and as often as that dude, just about everyone I know from various backgrounds and ideologies have both loved and hated him multiple times over short periods.

      He reminds me of a comic book billionaire who’s yet to experience the event that turns him in to a super hero or villain so he just floats around the line taking a swing every now and then to see what happens.

      • You mean the heavy metal batteries in electric cars that will fuck up the environment more than normal petrol? The lack of safety in SpaceX and covering up of employee injuries? Building a dangerous and combustible battery factory in the middle of a forest in Germany with no access in the event of a fire? The Hyperloops that’d put these exploding batteries into confined tunnels? The list goes on. The “cult” is fucked up for glossing over these issues in the name of non-existent progress. Progress that’s already been made with modern trains as far as Tesla is concerned.

        • ” You mean the heavy metal batteries in electric cars that will fuck up the environment more than normal petrol? ”

          Elon is responsible for the batteries the entire industry uses as a standard? Most devices these days use the same type of batteries. I don’t know how that seemingly means the blame is laid on Elon

          “The lack of safety in SpaceX and covering up of employee injuries? ”

          Citation needed.

          “Building a dangerous and combustible battery factory in the middle of a forest in Germany with no access in the event of a fire?”

          Most factories in existence are full of dangerous stuff that is combustible. Yet somehow this is suddenly a unique thing to Elon. Okay

          “The Hyperloops that’d put these exploding batteries into confined tunnels? ”

          Trains often go through long tunnels are are full of similar combustible materials.

          ” The “cult” is fucked up for glossing over these issues in the name of non-existent progress. Progress that’s already been made with modern trains as far as Tesla is concerned.”

          Progress isn’t safe. Progress has to test the boundaries. If we followed your limits to progress society we’d still he stuck in caves.

          • Careful on moving the goalposts there, because you asked specifically about what his cult has done. What his cult has done is ignore these problems entirely while putting him on a pedestal, but since we’re here.

            “Elon is responsible for the batteries the entire industry uses as a standard? Most devices these days use the same type of batteries. I don’t know how that seemingly means the blame is laid on Elon”

            Musk seems to be the only person happily ignoring that his batteries are just as shit and potentially shittier in the long run than conventional fossil fuel as well as them still needing charging by fossil fuel power stations to run. His marketing BS is responsible for pushing a far more dangerous form factor of them that have a tendency to randomly explode and can’t be extinguished through conventional methods. Germany recently banned electrics cars from underground parking areas, because there’s the real risk of them torching buildings since they tend to burn while underwater. So yes, I’d say him and his cult are detached from reality in thinking that a battery using the same fossil fuels as everyone else while marketing adding heavy metal waste are “better” for the environment.

            “Citation needed. ”
            https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/management/spacex-technician-says-his-safety-concerns-about-test-results-got-him-fired-20170524-gwbnep

            Here’s one citation, powered by Google along with other stories of similar behaviour, along with SpaceX and Musk being hated among NASA’s own ground level employees. That latter point you won’t be able to Google.

            “Most factories in existence are full of dangerous stuff that is combustible. Yet somehow this is suddenly a unique thing to Elon. Okay”

            Imagine an entire factory of this: https://youtu.be/UsuYxFBHsiQ
            On a far larger scale, while Musk pushes for his factory to be built in a forest with no ease of water access, when water itself already has limited impact on extinguishing flames produced by the batteries due to the chemical reaction. Telsa has not put forward any plans for address these concerns to local residents who happen to live nearby around said combustible forest. If your factory is responsible for making goods that randomly explode on the regular and you have no plan or solution for those random explosions with unextingushable fires in a forest, then I’m afraid that’s rather open to criticism by anyone with a brain. I refer back to the cult members being lacking in essential intelligence.

            “Trains often go through long tunnels are are full of similar combustible materials. ”

            Refer to above video and points on “Musk has provided no safety plans in event of fire that cannot be extinguished”, something that should exclude him from providing a service of any sort under OH&S requirements alone, even in America. Even Maccas has fire plans, but that’s beyond the oh so progressive Musk? Trains carrying combustible goods as freight carry very few people, unlike Musk’s intentions for his own services. Almost like… travelling with an explosive device is a bad idea and a safety breach.

            “Progress isn’t safe. Progress has to test the boundaries. If we followed your limits to progress society we’d still he stuck in caves.”

            On the Telsa front, he hasn’t made any progress. His batteries are a design from a different company, having no greater efficiency than any other battery. Most of the cars Telsa produce aren’t even waterproof and the screens are deliberately designed to fail in addition to random battery explosions. As far as his garbage cars as concerned, a 90s Toyota is both a safer and more progressive purchase for the environment and safety. On the SpaceX front, his competitors aren’t far behind him, even without the NASA backing that SpaceX has enjoyed. So yeah, his “progress” is being known across the world for popularising explosive and defective cars. Great work there, so much “progress”.

          • This is definitely going to trigger the moderator bot, but careful on moving the goalposts there, because you asked specifically about what his cult has done. What his cult has done is ignore these problems entirely while putting him on a pedestal, but since we’re here.

            “Elon is responsible for the batteries the entire industry uses as a standard? Most devices these days use the same type of batteries. I don’t know how that seemingly means the blame is laid on Elon”

            Musk seems to be the only person happily ignoring that his batteries are just as crap and potentially even worse in the long run than conventional fossil fuel as well as them still needing charging by fossil fuel power stations to run. His marketing BS is responsible for pushing a far more dangerous form factor of them that have a tendency to randomly explode and can’t be extinguished through conventional methods. Germany recently banned electrics cars from underground parking areas, because there’s the real risk of them torching buildings since they tend to burn while underwater. So yes, I’d say him and his cult are detached from reality in thinking that a battery using the same fossil fuels as everyone else while marketing adding heavy metal waste are “better” for the environment.

            “Citation needed. ”
            Check the Financial Review for an article titled “SpaceX technician says his safety concerns about test results got him fired”.

            Here’s one citation, powered by Google along with other stories of similar behaviour, along with SpaceX and Musk being hated among NASA’s own ground level employees. That latter point you won’t be able to Google.

            “Most factories in existence are full of dangerous stuff that is combustible. Yet somehow this is suddenly a unique thing to Elon. Okay”

            Imagine an entire factory of this: UsuYxFBHsiQ
            On a far larger scale, while Musk pushes for his factory to be built in a forest with no ease of water access, when water itself already has limited impact on extinguishing flames produced by the batteries due to the chemical reaction. Telsa has not put forward any plans for address these concerns to local residents who happen to live nearby around said combustible forest. If your factory is responsible for making goods that randomly explode on the regular and you have no plan or solution for those random explosions with unextingushable fires in a forest, then I’m afraid that’s rather open to criticism by anyone with a brain. I refer back to the cult members glossing over these problems/

            “Trains often go through long tunnels are are full of similar combustible materials. ”

            Refer to above video and points on “Musk has provided no safety plans in event of fire that cannot be extinguished”, something that should exclude him from providing a service of any sort under OH&S requirements alone, even in America. Even Maccas has fire plans, but that’s beyond the oh so progressive Musk? Trains carrying combustible goods as freight carry very few people, unlike Musk’s intentions for his own services. Almost like… travelling with an explosive device is a bad idea and a safety breach.

            “Progress isn’t safe. Progress has to test the boundaries. If we followed your limits to progress society we’d still he stuck in caves.”

            On the Telsa front, he hasn’t made any progress. His batteries are a design from a different company, having no greater efficiency than any other battery. Most of the cars Telsa produce aren’t even waterproof and the screens are deliberately designed to fail in addition to random battery explosions. As far as his garbage cars as concerned, a 90s Toyota is both a safer and more progressive purchase for the environment and safety. On the SpaceX front, his competitors aren’t far behind him, even without the NASA backing that SpaceX has enjoyed. So yeah, his “progress” is being known across the world for popularising explosive and defective cars. Great work there, so much “progress”.

            I had to trim links because of the moderator and I doubt Alex is keeping an eye on this after his jab, but you should still be able to use them.

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