Side-Quest 120. Gotta Gacha ‘Em All

Hello and welcome to another Side-Quest episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone! This week, we’re talking about gacha games. You always know what you’re getting with us, 100% drop rate.

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The Topic

What defines a gacha game? Is there any difference between a gacha system and a loot box system, or is it just semantics? What are the issues with the gacha system, and what steps (if any) have been taken to mitigate them? Why is gacha so popular in the first place?

The Actual Discussion

We touch on currently-popular gacha games, chiefly Genshin Impact, in order to explain how different games make use of the system. We look at countries that have put down laws around gacha, and how those laws have influenced worldwide self-regulation. It’s basically your first primer on gacha, what it is, why it is, and why it’s problematic.

Enjoy the episode! Tell us what you think in the comments or on social media. Make sure to check out last week’s episode and look forward to next week’s where we’re talking about Alan Wake and Cloudpunk.

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