When we last checked on streamer Quin and his attempts to buy his way to fame by Diablo Immortal, he’d spent US$6,600 ($9,162) and hadn’t achieved a single 5-star Legendary Gem. I’m happy (?) to report that after more than doubling his investment, he finally has his loot.
As I wrote earlier in the month:
You’d think that after a while you’d end up getting some of the best gear in the game, a 5-star Legendary Gem, because that’s how the law of averages works, right? Bad! As Quin69 has clearly proven here, the law of averages is inherently cruel and unpredictable, which is why bookmakers have profited from it since the dawn of time, and why games like Diablo Immortal are built on predatory economic models designed to exploit people’s most dangerous and vulnerable psychological urges.
That was then! It is now, and Quin has since posted that after spending $25,165 NZD ($15,818 USD) on the game – including $10,000 NZD in a single stream — he has his 5-star Legendary Gem:
Can’t believe I just looted my first 5/5⭐ gem and it only cost me NZ$25,165.57
— Quin (@quinrex) June 18, 2022
Remember, just buying your way to these items isn’t the only way to get them, and as we’ve seen here is indeed the worst way, but it’s not not the goal. The point here is that having it as an option is one of the reasons predatory game economies suck!
As Kotaku AU wrote when reporting on his “achievement”:
quin certainly drew her fair share of criticism throughout the experience. His reckless spending and outbursts of anger over failed falls have many questioning his emotional stability. Others, even in our comments, were unhappy to see him giving Blizzard exactly what he wanted: his money. In the end, however, he proved his point. Five-Star Chasing Legendary Gems is a wild ride, a system designed to empty bank accounts while giving the player very little.
Anyway, thanks for your service, Quin69. You can now permanently stop playing Diablo Immortal.