Today I wanted to rant a little. This is gonna be a long post, so if you onyl want to see pics, skip forward. :P Well, not necessarily rant, more like lay out my thoughts….about gachas. We all know them, machines were you play and have an XY % chance to geta certain kind of item. There are common items and rare ones, sometimes even ultrarare. The Arcade is THE gacha event and the one with the best reputation by far I’d say. I blog for it and I am proud to support it.
Effort for price!
However, lately I noticed an increasing influx of gachaevents, or gachas even in normal stores or gacha-only stores. I am not sure if I like this development. Gachas are supposed to be fun, something special and for your occasional curiosity about testing your lack. In Japan, to my knowledge, they have been forbidden by now, haha. To me, they lost much of their wonder during the past 6 months or so. Gachas, gachas every-fucking-where. Excuse the language. I am getting tired of them. First of all I noticed a lack of quality in many gachas and an increasingly greedy attitude. I am not sure what you guys think, but for me to play an average gacha more than maybe 1 or 2 times, the price shouldn’t be higher than 50 Lindens, unless the item is amazing. And IF it is higher than that, the machine should contain (one of) the following and I will happily play the machine like crazy:
- skins/avatars/scripted pets
- very high quality items that require more work (think additional scripting etc.) than your average random little item
- each item, and I do mean the common ones as well, should be AWESOME
- independent items.
Gachas are NOT customerfriendly!
Why, you ask? I think the vast majority of gachas are not customer friendly because: 1. You’ll more than likely always pay more money for a specific item that you want than with a normal vendor 2. Your inventory clutters up. It’s nuts. 3. The amount of yardsales for SOME events (and the lack of yardsales for other events) and competition makes it harder to get a decent amount of money back by reselling them. 4. Many gachas provide low quality common items or simple recolours and only the rare /ultra rare ones are truly interesting. These are the worst kind of greedy if you combine them with a price above 50L. Little effort for much money. 5. Often times gachas contain PARTS of an outfit. That, dear designers, is just god damned rude. Really?
Now, I often hear people say “But you always get items and the designer sells those for very cheap!”. Mhm. True. But first of all I don’t usually WANT those so either I am lucky and resell them, I gift them to friends or I…delete them. In 2 out of three cases it is a waste of money. Plus, the designer still has the item in their inventory. It is not like they gave it out for cheap. They gave out a COPY, a copy I didn’t want. I do know that gachas are a lot of work and it is very much appreciated, I always observe it when my friends work on them. But the insane amount of money people make at The Arcade and other events truly makes me deaf on those ears when I hear the ongoing “Gachas are not NOT customerfriendly. I give out my items for cheap.” Add to that that often times I wouldn’t pay much more than 50L for the item on a regular vendor either.
So, summa summarum: I only play and support gachas by designers who put actual effort into their items. Given the fact that many people will likely pay much more than the item is worth that is something I expect. I am more than willing to pay 50, even 75L or 100L for a gacha, and plenty times, too!!!…if the items inside are a display of effort and care. The Arcade imho is the only gacha event where about 90% of the designers match my expectations, most other events have a good amount of real crap. Especially with gacha events, QUALITY should always outrule QUANTITY. I really would like to see a return of more normal vendors again. Ican’t be the only person who’d love to just buy what she WANTS for once again. :P
Now, on to positive things!
This mouse is from a…dun dun dun…gacha at The Fantasy Collective. It’s a gacha provided by Alchemy and a collaboration by Nina Helix and Tyr Rozenblum. One play is 99 Lindens, but this is one of the cases where I think the price is perfectly valid. ALL colors are awesome and the chance to receive a pretty, naturally colored mouse that sits normally on your head and is animated is very high. The nont so natural colours are super cute too! The textures on this one are awesome and I love the way it moves around on your head (or my shoulder in this case). The rares seem to have a fairly decent chance, too, given I played like 12 times and got 4.
Aki69 Resident has made this really cute basket for for the event Enchantment, which will open soon!!. I LOVE the texture on this and I love the general shape. It’s a pretty unique looking basket which stuck out from the other ones available. Plus it has these cuuuute butterflies. :) The price of only 160 Lindens is super reasonable as well. It comes in various cute colours, so make sure to pick this up. :)
The hair (last pic)!
I blogged Milk Hair by Kattington Resident once before and I really like the new variations she is coming up with. This one is called Catching Mermaids and I really anjoy the long style of it with the gentle waves The texture is really pretty, too! I like her reds, they are actual reds and not a whole bunch of gingers. :) no tinting needed! The mesh looks smooth and wellmade. The only thing that made me go grumpy is that the hair doesn’t come for various boobsizes! At least not in the package I received. I think with styles this long that is really a necessary thing to offer.
Hair 1: Truth, Junia, reds (Truth Hawks, NEW!!)
Hair 2: Milk, Catching Mermaids, reds (Kattington Resident)
Ears: Slink, Sachara Elf Ears, pointy (Siddean Munro)
Eyes: Adored, Unreal Eyes, iced (Constance Daehlie, Mesh!!)
Lipstick: Clef de Peau, Julia Lipstick petal (Marcopol Oh)
Lashes: Snow Rabbit, R6 v. 1.00, attach to nose (Shirousagi Noel , Mesh!!)
Hands: Slink, elegant (Siddean Munro, Mesh!!)
Blouse /w corset: Junbug, Mayfly Corset, red (Juno Mantel)
Skirt: La Penderie de Nicole, My Ballon Skirt, brown leather (Marcopol Oh)
Legwarmers: Pichi, Shashi Legwarmers, wool/black (Zxxrysa Magic)
Boots: Maitreya, Stagioni XTD Leather, bronze (Onyx LeShelle)
Sleeves: The Plastik, Saeda Laz Sleeves, brown leather (Aikea Rieko)
Armwarmers: Ravensoul, Ronja Bracer (Cry Hawker)
Armbands: The Lounge, trollops and Thieves Armbands, tomatoe (Erielle Deschanel)
Gorget: Junbug, My Lord’s Gorget, brown (Juno Mantel, Gacha!!)
Headband: Enfant Terrible, Forest Flowers, brown/mixed flowers (LeEnfantTerrible Resident, SOON @ Enchantment!!)
Ring 1: MG, Tiger Lily Ring, gold (Maxi Gossamer)
Ring 2: Me Jewelry, Power on Ring, gold (Melody Dominquez)
Mouse: Alchemy, Rat Familiar, butter (Nina Helix/Tyr Rozenbloom, @ The Fantasy Collective!)
Staff: Cubic Cherries, Mikuru Rod (Kreao Kujisawa, @ The Fantasy Collective!)
Also, here is a preview of the WIP on the setting for WE LOVE RP, opening SOON! :)