(intro added) Are you ready to experience Genshin Impact’s groundbreaking story that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about gods and goddesses? After playing through the final act of the Archon of Fontaine’s quest in this open-world RPG, I was immersed in a fascinating theology lesson. The gods in Genshin Impact are not only divine beings, but also human characters that you can interact with on a daily basis. Let’s see why it’s necessary to take a closer look at this unique approach to divinity in Genshin Impact.
Gods in fiction and their role in video games.
I’ve been thinking about gods in games for a while now. Games like Shin Megami Tensei 5, God of War: Ragnarok, Baldur’s Gate 3, Destiny 2, and Elden Ring made me rethink the concept of divinity in video games. However, it was Genshin Impact that uniquely captured my attention, not only for its rich mythology, but also for its daily interactions with the gods.
The story of Furina, the false archon of Fontaine
Furina’s story in Fontaine is a shocking truth. He represents the god of the city, but is really just a pawn in the plans of the real god, Focalors. For centuries, Furina bore the burden of having to act as the Archon, a fraud behind which he hid his humanity. This put him in a state of fear and despair; he continually asserted his divine role while hiding his true nature.
Furina’s dilemma and the meaning of divinity
It is heartbreaking to witness Furina’s internal struggle between her human nature and her divine role. His vulnerability is evident in his first conversations as Archon, but it is quickly replaced by arrogance and the appearance of false confidence. Furina is forced to live a constant lie for fear of causing Fontaine’s downfall. His loneliness and helplessness reveal the horrors he experiences in silence.
Genshin’s impact on our perception of God
Genshin Impact gives us a completely new vision of God. Gods are not only omnipotent beings, but also people with emotions, struggles and pain. Furina’s story challenges our understanding of divinity and forces us to rethink what it means to be a god in an ever-changing world.
That’s why we should follow Genshin Impact’s example in creating realistic, nuanced depictions of God in video games. Is it possible that other titles will follow this path and offer us more humane and original titles? Regardless, Furina’s story and the thoughts it evoked will remain etched in my memory for a long time.
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I am Stephen Robinson, author at Esports Chimp, where I mostly cover gaming news. I have always been interested in the gaming industry and wanted to find a way to contribute to it. When I discovered Esports Chimp, I saw an opportunity to do just that.