MiHoYo’s fans Impact of Genshin caused two hashtags, #boycottgenshimpact and #DoBetterMihoyo, to take to Twitter on Tuesday, a massive critique of the free gacha game. So far, the #boycottgenshinimpact tag alone has been tweeted more than 12,000 times.
It all started when an unconfirmed leak of information about the game said that the new content, which supposedly included new places to explore, would be delayed. MiHoYo did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication.
Impact of Genshin has not received an area extension since December 2020 and although there are updates and events, these additions are considered void by the fandom. Fans are thirsty for new content, so the idea of keeping something is nerve-wracking. But despite the official check, the “leak”
The hashtags became home to what looked like years of lingering complaints about the game. Although some issues are not constant points of conversation with a fandom in general, it is worth repeating here, just to give an idea of the sets contained in #boycottgenshinimpact. Some players have brought up the weak account security in the game, which has suffered breakthroughs in the past. Other players are also discussing portraying one of the few darker characters in the game. Another set of complaints drew attention to the NPC, which expresses a romantic love for a character who appears to be a child, leading fans to say that there is pedophilia in the game.
Among all this, one statement became the center of attention, generating a large number of retweets and responses. A Twitter user pointed out that the Hilichurls – goblin-like common enemies in the game – are based on indigenous peoples. Soon, many players shared a video where a developer from miHoYo could be seen using footage of local people dancing as a reference for Hilichurl’s animations. The short accent was part of a larger video related to the official Impact of GenshinBilibili account published on September 29, 2020
Despite the call to action in the hashtag #boycottgenshinimpact, many people using the hashtag have said they have no real intention of ending the game. Instead, those unjustified fans – who often played sports Impact of Genshin avatars or links to the game on their Twitter accounts – they said they just want the developers to fix what some players find more problematic content.
One tweet said, “#DoBetterMihoyo is more appropriate to use if you’re not actually planning to delete the game, and also just calls miHoYo as a company.” So fans changed the language of the hashtag and used “#dobettermihoyo” instead.
One person, who wished to remain anonymous due to the heated nature of online discourse, told Polygon via Twitter messages that many believe Impact of Genshin game “comfort”, so the original hashtag was not completely serious to begin with.
On Wednesday, both hashtags continued to be strong, with detractors and supporters of the game continuing to discuss its merits.