This is not about $GME anymore, this is about setting terms straight:
Retail does not want to be manipulated anymore.
For decades Wall Street was manipulating securities, getting away with it, and blaming it on others. Through the media, bullshit target prices, naked short selling, or other forms of manipulation mentioned here (Kenneth, this one's for you). Citadel and many other MMs - don't misinterpret with Market Makers, we're talking about Market Manipulators here - got away with their dirty tactics to make shitload of money and screw people over. They finally got caught in their own game and tried everything to turn it around, but Shitron didn't work, the media didn't work, more aggressive selling didn't work. Now they're calling through some random crooks for regulations.
BULLSHIT. Regulation for what? Exchange of ideas? Our own Due Diligence? Winning against you in your own game? Yeah, in most cases your buddies at the SEC would gladly do so if you tell them anyway. This time though? People finally came to the realisation what the fuck you guys are doing over there. It was known by many since 2008 but people forgot quickly, and now is the time to remind them that you are no one else's friend but your crooked buddies.
I never thought I'd say this, but this community showed more leadership and guidance than any other media network. Providing knowledge, research, answers, many of you proven that you are better people than these fuckers with billions of dollars of AUM. You should be proud of yourselves as you are leading an unprecedented event in the history of finance. Unprecedented. This is why you should still guide others and be an example. Of course, we are not an entity and we will never be - just remember that you are a part of something great, maybe something that will change the way financial world operates, in a smaller or larger way. Remember that there are sharks among us who got pissed at the dirty games as well (shoutout to you Elon & Chamath). We are not alone.
They blame us? Let's blame them. They will lose all credibility sooner than later, not to mention this incoming generation. The media is here now, you still might convince my 80-year old grandpa that the internet is something out of Pandora's Box, but soon enough you won't be able to convince a single person. We are an important source of... keep reading on reddit ➡
On CNBC, the hosts and the interviewees kept circling back to how retail investors are in over our heads. As if we're all so dumb that we don't realize these stocks can go down just like they can go up. Motherfu**er, have you even been through this subreddit? We know exactly what the risks are.
This is the sub where people post graphs from March showing themselves 1000X'ing on Puts and then losing it all right back. We get it more than you do CNBC. We know there is risk. Stop acting like you need to hold our hands and protect us. That's bullshit. None of you actually care, you're just upset that retail is absolutely killing it while your shitty portfolio is selling off.
What exactly are we risking anyways? Most people on WSB are young with maybe a few $10K's in the bank. We are the exact people who should be taking risks. $10K invested in the stock market even over the next 30 years isn't gonna change your life. These guys are flying around in private jets telling you to save for retirement so that you won't get kicked out of your shitty apartment at 65 years old.
This is a moment in history where billions of dollars have flowed from the rich to the poor. Where it'll end up, who knows, but I guarantee that we'd rather play the game and take the loss if it happens than sit on the sidelines and play it safe. The truth is that if you want to make it in this world, you have to take big ass risks. The downside is usually overstated.
So yeah, fuck off CNBC analysts and stop telling us you're worried we'll get hurt. That's not your real worry. Your worry is that we're exposing how rigged the system really is.
It almost doesn't even feel like the same game. You get introduced to unique mechanics, and outcomes to dialogue that have an effect, that rarely - if ever - get brought up again.
The Sandra Dorsett job is like a much more fleshed out rescue gig, it's basically a one off quest compared to other gigs. There's actually interaction with Trauma Team, and it has small bits of unique gameplay (like using the air hypo and checking biomonitor) that never come up again. It's also features the only destructable concrete wall in the entire game.
The car chases, scripted as they are, have mechanics you're lead to believe will come up more in the game, but never really do. No leaning out or firing out of a car besides on-rails story missions.
Even smaller things like going to Vik's to get upgraded get special treatment and animations you'll never see again. After that you'll get a buy menu. That is all.
The spiderbot gameplay was squandered in my opinion, but still added a different touch and pacing than seen in 95% of other missions. Ultimately stealth is a complete waste of time since everything devolves into 'kill everyone and grab or interact with the thing'. Even most main and large side missions are guilty of this, with few (if any) unique elements to them.
Meeting Maelstrom for the first time is one of a few missions where dialogue isn't just three ways to say the same exact thing. There are a few different ways to go about it, but you actually see the result of those choices in game later on. It's not much but it helps.
Act 1 is not perfect, but compared to the gameplay elements utilized after getting to act 2 there's real contrast. It's like going from a singleplayer game and being dropped into a shallow MMORPG sandbox where most of what you say and do has no real meaningful impact.
The Resin economy is planned out well in advance. Most every Gacha game does this and the few that don't like GFL don't have a Resin equivalent.
MiHiYo has a specific expected progression rate, and a specific amount of Resin they want people to have. Too much Resin and we progress too fast and thus aren't perpetually on the loot treadmill. Too little Resin and we drop off the game because there's not enough to do. The goal of the developers is to keep us playing and to keep us grinding to upgrade characters. Whales no longer having reason to buy resin refreshes is lost money.
Many of the original players are hitting AR50 and many whales are at AR55. At this point Resin income from AR stops almost entirely. The battlepass change is meant to compensate for the Resin those whales would be getting from AR. Pretty much every Gacha game out there hands out more and more stamina as more and more content is added and players burn through the free resources. This isn't the company listening, merely them implementing a change so that their intended progression rate is maintained. That's why it feels so slim. It's just numbers tuning to keep the value where they want it for whales.