I would like to take this time to speak to creators on how their gem choices are represented and how they make the readers feel.
Gem choices can be a great feature. But it can also be used in a degrading and selfish manner.
Let’s say the MC is about to attend a party that her crush is also attending. The whole school is there!
You’re wearing ugly sweats and a t shirt. Then your best friend walks in, she’s nags you about attending the party and finally you give in.
Your friend notices your outfit and goes off on how she has the gorgeous outfit in her closet that’s she’s 100% willing to let you wear. POOF, GEM CHOICE
You can either wear these disgusting sweats that nobody in their right mind would wear in real life OR you can use your parents credit card, buy gems; and purchase this digital dress.
But here’s the catch,
If you choose the sweats your crush will avoid you like the plague and every teen at that party will down right harass you and treat you like garbage. For the next 10 minutes of the story you’ll be made to feel like complete trash for not buying this outfit! It’s the equivalent to insulting someone’s new hair cut. THEY CUT THEIR HAIR. ITS NOT LIKE THEY CAN UNCUT IT? Same with gem choices. WHY HARRASS ME WHEN I CANT RE CHOOSE THE CHOICE?
It goes from picking a choice to having no choice. I wouldn’t be bothered so much if my MC wasn’t bullied to death.
Frankly, it’s unrealistic. If my friend offered me an awesome dress THERE WOULD BE NO GEM CHOICE. Or, I would just wear something else in my closet? why is it either wear these stained sweats or the super hot dress. Well? Can I just wear something else in my closet without paying gems? No?
I understand that artists go out of their way to create outfits. Their time and effort is worth money/gems, my issue is; the authors and how they implement these choices.
Also, I think it’s boring how clothing choices dictate scenes. How about coming up with something more complex than just “girl wear pretty outfit and she make boys whistle and mean girl cry! Or she wear ugly stuff and gets bullied by the entire party. IM SUCH A CREATIVE GENIUS.”
Use something like a point system or complex choices. I’d rather spend money on that than an outfit that doesn’t even change the ending of the story.
Creators, please stop using harassment and discrimination to implement your choices. You can have a pretty outfit with different outcomes, but bullying shouldn’t be one of them. I understand you convey your story in a certain way, but it’s ridiculous that almost every story on episode uses these tactics.
Sorry if I offended anyone, this is just my opinion.