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“Genshin Impact,” an adventure video game, is among the breakout hits of gaming during the pandemic. Released in September 2020 by Chinese developer miHoYo for mobile, PC, and PlayStation 4, the game, similar in style to “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” quickly found a devoted fan base. In its first month, the free-to-play title which earns money through in-game purchases, made over $245 million. It has since brought in over $1 billion in revenue.
But the massively popular game is facing backlash over what many Twitter users have referred to as problematic features, including its adult characters engaging in romantic relationships with characters that appear to be minors and language that many said was racially insensitive.
On Monday evening, #BoycottGenshin trended on Twitter due to the criticism. Over 65,000 tweets used the hashtag in under 24 hours.
miHoYo, the game developer, did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Players are questioning the inspiration for ‘humanoid monster’ characters
Within the world of “Genshin Impact,” Hilichurls are some of the first enemies players face, with variants found all throughout the title. The game describes them as “primitive humanoid monsters,” and “that they are monsters simply incapable of communication.”
Critics are claiming, based on footage released by the studio, that the beastial characters could be based on indigenous peoples.
An October 2020 studio tour video released by miHoYo shows an animator creating the Hilichurls’ dance by watching footage of what appears to be an indigenous community dancing. The source of the footage was not immediately clear in the blurry video.
#boycottgenshin IVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT.., did yall know that mhy used indigenous people as reference for hilichurls?? they’re not even hiding it pic.twitter.com/78l1miiVMw
— milo 🐈⬛ (@venluvr) April 6, 2021
The clip went viral, reaching more than 600,000 views on Twitter in less than one day. One Twitter user whose tweet went viral said that as an “indigenous person,” the villainous characters appearing to take inspiration from a native culture “is absolutely not okay.”
i want to talk about the #BOYCOTTGENSHIN tag. as an a indigenous person, i just want to say that the hilichurls being inspired by indigenous people is absolutely not okay. people used to laugh at their dance and just people (including me) now finding out about this is really +
— ًsage | ia (@EM0GOJO) April 6, 2021
The game’s depiction of characters with darker skin is facing backlash
“Genshin Impact” features 30 playable characters, most of whom are pale-skinned animé tropes. Xinyan and Kaeya are the only two currently available characters with darker skin tones.
Kaeya, an ice-wielding cavalry captain, is described as “exotic” in the game, while Xinyan, a musician with a penchant for flames, is considered “scary” in the lore of the game world, according to the game’s wikia page.
Many Twitter users using the “#BoycottGenshin” hashtag referenced these characters and their descriptions, accusing the game of colorism.
its nice that yall are talkin abt this but dont turn this …read more
Source:: Business Insider – Tech
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