Mobile games are becoming more popular in recent years as smartphones are becoming more advanced. With more RAM and memory to store, it allows games to run in high quality while maintaining a smooth 60fps. However, there is one trend that is popular in the gaming community and looked down upon and that is the gacha genre.
For those who are not aware, gacha is a mechanic that allows players to obtain units by spending in-game currencies that can be refilled with real money, which is similar to loot box. What makes gacha worse is every gacha game has different drop rates to obtain the highest rarity characters and equipment. For example, Genshin Impact has an atrocious rate of 0.05% chance of obtaining a character but has a pity system which allows players to get a free random 5 star in the banner. Additionally, the pity system has two mechanics, a 50/50 chance or a 100% chance. This means that a player who has not drawn the rate-up character in the banner will receive a 100% chance to get a 5 star rate-up character whenever they roll on a banner. Although it is easy to say something like “just don’t spend money”, you can’t control a human’s temptation to obtain a character. For gacha players, they are hooked into the game mainly because of the characters and the self-satisfaction of obtaining a character with the highest rarity. There is even a man who has spent USD 70,000 on a gacha game just to get an image of a character.
Mihoyo is one of the popular mobile app development companies malaysia gaming fans will be familiar with as they are known for their two biggest projects, Honkai Impact 3rd and Genshin Impact. Originally started as a mobile game, Honkai Impact 3rd offers a unique gameplay that no other mobile games could replicate. Despite being a mobile game, it has gameplay and quality that it is comparable to a computer game. This has led to Mihoyo’s most successful breakthrough as they are able to create a client that runs Honkai Impact 3rd to run on the computer. However, it suffers from a lack of proper keyboard and mouse controls which makes a controller essential to play the game on desktop. With the development of Genshin Impact, the game has become one of the most talked about open world action games as it is available on multiple platforms for free. But within a few weeks of its release, dedicated players have found a major flaw in the game and that is the gacha system. With its lowest drop rate among all gacha games, Genshin Impact immediately received backlashes from its players along with other aspects of the game that players are not satisfied with.
Despite all of that, you can’t deny gacha is an effective method to generate revenue among players as desperate players are willing to spend money just to get an image of a character they like.
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