Genshin Impact’s new quest has a choice that can screw you up.

Wanderer looks down at Scaramouche.

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I’m not just a clown, I’m a complete circus. After a week I called him GenshinA very annoying character, Scaramouche’s storyline broke my heart a little bit and made me spend my gacha currency. ever since Genshin It started two years ago, there were players Complaining Dialogue choices throughout the story.”It didn’t mean anythingHe said. Now it finally does, and I spent hours worrying about it last night. This is probably the hardest choice I’ve made in any video game this year.

Scaramouche in 2010 It’s been a recurring villain that’s been a pain in the ass since its debut in November 2020. He’s always had a sarcastic personality, but I was initially offended by his help in creating devices that would kill their unsuspecting buyers. After several months I realized that he was using a stolen divine object to make himself a god. Again, I get that this is all a textbook villain arc, but it’s his superior attitude that pisses me off the most. He’s a man-made puppet who feels abandoned by his creator, but that doesn’t excuse his terrifying personality. Or God’s desire to be a dictator.

A recent main story mission attempts to redeem him. After defeating the final idol form, he became the assistant of the god of wisdom. She shows him a sad memory from his past that proves his friends haven’t betrayed him. The vision was so shocking that Scaramouche tried to erase himself from reality using a virtual supercomputer. It worked, sort of. In this new timeline, the world created another version of him to replace the one that was lost. That’s what draws you to the character. More importantly, you can give it a new name. This name appears in all cutscenes and interface text. Although this is normal for this type of game PokemonBeing able to rename playable characters is a first for any Gacha character I know of.

But here’s the catch: The new guy won’t accept just any name. Players have reported that you are He cannot give his old name. And you can’t call him by his name. The “abandoned” mother. He rejects anything Names based on former colleagues, because they wronged him and wronged him. He It has a custom response. For each deprecated name, some say it’s the same as the naming mechanic. Contempt. If you decide to give your own name, it It states the approval. The game allows you to change the name in the future, but warns that it can only be done a certain number of times. The builders Really They want you to think about naming the character and take it as seriously as the names deserve.

I was intrigued by the process, because naming video game characters can often be a way of taking agency out of them. It has happened. A meme To give the rival Derogatory name in Pokemon Red And blue. But with obvious choices in certain names, the Scaramouche clone feels like a “real” person to me. Naming him isn’t just a matter of personal beauty, he feels. I felt like I was meeting a specific emotional need that he had been denied for so long. Despite all this, you can name it Bootshaker69 Or The big Chungus. one Famous Name That’s what he said. it has Sweep Through fandom it is”Baby girlHe said.

Fortunately, many people think more about it. Some people are doing it. Details Possible names as first parent. He even created a fan General Google Survey To ask other players which name they chose. Others are looking up. Translations Certain Japanese namesSince his homeland is based in Japan. Honestly, this is an amazing gaming experience. I can’t think of any other medium of art that forces players to try so hard to simulate the experience of choosing someone’s name. In games centered around choice, I’m used to deciding which NPCs live and which die. This one alone took me through a decision-making process that felt very personal.

I was confused. Names are new beginnings. Nouns cannot be used to describe past and present. So I gave him a name that represented my future. Shohe (rising, even/flat) seems to fit the new wind-oriented anemo element. And like his mother, I wanted to give Shohei some freedom and agency—but not the same tragic situation that Scaramouche faced. He felt abandoned as his previous incarnation wandered the world. Wherever Shohei goes in his new life, I hope he goes with a purpose.




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