All posts by Lilly Rudd

Works Cited

Works Cited

“My Problems with Genshin Impact. The Game, the Community and the Company behind It.” Reddit, 25 Jul. 2021, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023. 

Lopez, Ule. “Genshin Impact Has Improved a Lot, But I’Ve Still Got Issues with It.” Wccftech, 2 Apr. 2023, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Xioalou. “What Are the Most Serious Problems in Genshin Impact.” Hoyolab, 8 Jul. 2021, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Video Game Argument

Genshin Impact: Repetition and Real Issues

Genshin Impact is a game that was released in 2020 and rose in popularity as quarantine continued. While it isn’t as popular now, many people found comfort in the gameplay and characters during a time when social contact was scarce. The game is known to have a lot of controversial fans and some believe the company that developed the game, miHoYo, encourages this. MiHoYo has reposted incest fanart on the official Genshin Impact X, formerly known as Twitter, official account. Many fans were rightfully disgusted by this and some even decided to stop supporting the game and company altogether. Some voice actors for the game have also claimed that they haven’t been paid for their work and many would argue they are the most important part of the game for bringing the characters so much life and depth. Genshin also uses a gacha system which means you have to gamble to get the items and characters you want so they can milk the most money from their majorly underage audience. However, Genshin Impact’s game design and character progression are the best parts of the entire experience.

Genshin’s storyline is what originally convinced me to download it, besides sheer boredom. The game begins with the player and their twin sibling arriving in the magical world of Teyvat. However, their arrival is interrupted by an Unknown God, who separates the siblings and sends the player plummeting to the land of Teyvat. The player awakens to find themselves in the care of a character named Paimon, who becomes their guide and companion. This, along with the loveable NPCs, is the main appeal of the game in my opinion. Each character has a unique personality, role, and contribution to the game’s story. A few of these characters include Jean Gunnhildr, Diluc Ragnvindr, Mona Megistus, Ningguang, and more. The vast majority of players have continued playing solely because of the diverse and engaging characters rather than the gameplay itself. 

One of the most vastly discussed criticisms revolves around the game’s gacha-style system for acquiring characters and weapons. Some players have expressed frustration with the randomness and cost of obtaining desired characters, which can lead to a significant financial investment. I’ve spent close to $50 on the game’s gambling-style method to obtain characters and weapons that I rarely ever actually got. With Genshin Impact’s fanbase being majority underage, a lot of players have resorted to using their parents’ cards without their knowledge to gamble on the game’s gacha system.

Genshin Impact also launched with a mobile device version as well as PlayStation 4, and most commonly PC. Many would argue that “being available on mobile platforms makes Genshin Impact more accessible to a broader audience,” but that is not necessarily true because of the overwhelming amount of space it takes up. Mobile players have reported issues with the game’s lack of controls, making it challenging to fully enjoy the game. The game consumes a significant amount of storage on mobile devices, which a lot of players might not have. This makes it much more difficult to play and enjoy on the go. 

Genshin also offers an online feature where you can play with other players if you would like. While this may seem like a fun idea, it causes many issues within the servers. Server congestion can lead to disconnections, long loading times, and other online-related problems. Players in different regions have reported varying degrees of connectivity issues, impacting the overall experience. Genshin Impact also does not have a player-versus-player mode, which may disappoint players who enjoy competitive multiplayer experiences.

Some players have expressed concerns about the lack of challenging endgame content. After reaching a certain adventure rank, all of the tasks become redundant and the storyline is halted until the next update. Redundancy in this context refers to content within the game that feels repetitive, similar, or unnecessary, leading to monotonous gameplay for some players. Players may find themselves repeatedly hunting down materials and defeating similar enemy groups for quests, which can make the gameplay experience feel repetitive and frustrating. 

While Genshin Impact has gained a crazy amount of popularity and praise for its world design and gameplay, it is not without its share of criticisms. These criticisms largely revolve around its endgame content, repetition, and server issues. However, it is essential to recognize that the game continues to evolve, with updates that include player feedback.


My Introduction To The Canterbury Scene

The Canterbury scene is a progressive rock subgenre created in Canterbury, Kent, England during the late 1960s. The genre includes a blend of jazz, rock, and psychedelia sounds. I have no experience listening to music from the Canterbury scene and the purpose of this review is going to be to give unbiased and honest opinions on the subgenre. 

The Canterbury artist we are going to be reviewing is a group called The Wilde Flowers. The Wilde Flowers were a band that was considered to be the founders of this genre. The band was formed in 1964 and all members eventually parted ways and split. 

First song I will be reviewing is called “Parchman Farm”. The song consists of a good amount of jazz and rock fusions that really caught my attention. “Parchman Farm” creates a comforting sense of nostalgia to me. This would have to be one of my favorites I listened to.

Next track is one called “Memories”. “Memories” was very experimental and fun to listen to. It’s a song that suits every mood and sounds refreshing to the ears. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to explore their discography.

As I listen to more of The Wilde Flowers’ catalog, it’s clear that their music had an amazing impact on the jazz-rock fusion music scene. Their music is more than just sounds; they’re a snapshot of a time when the music industry was looking for something exciting. While the Canterbury Scene isn’t a very popular subgenre, it’s safe to say it should be.


Hello and welcome to my ePortfolio! I have created this blog to show different aspects of my personality and humor while also staying relevant to the assignment. Things I have incorporated are geese, song lyrics from my favorite musical artist, and topics that best fit my personal interests. I consider this my safe haven because it is very personal to me and I put a lot of time and effort into creating it while also having fun.

Some fun facts about me to give context to who I am outside of class:

  • I am an ENFP which means I have extroverted, intuitive, feeling, and perceptive personality traits. 
  • I have a passion for all art forms, especially a deep admiration for music.
  • I consider myself to be very open-minded to many ideas that still stay true to my own personal morals and values. 
  • Humor, kindness, genuine appreciation, loyalty, and humbleness are traits I look for in each person before I can consider them a good friend.