We’ve been assured that buying the new video game set in J.K. Rowling’s “Wizarding World” will directly fund her attacks on trans people and literally harm them. On review aggregating site Metacritic, “Hogwarts Legacy” currently has a score of 84 out of 100 based on 83 critics. As we reported, gaming site IGN gave the game a 9 out of 10 but included a pathetic sidebar assuring readers they were strictly reviewing the game; “whether it’s ethical to play is a separate still very important question.”
Among the dissenting critics is WIRED’s Jaina Rodriguez Grey, “a product writer and reviewer at WIRED covering coffee, sex tech, and gaming.” Grey awarded the game a 1 out of 10, citing the lackluster art direction, one-dimensional characters, and even the score. “I can’t in good conscience recommend spending your money on it,” Grey writes. “Combined with who this game helps and who it harms, well, it’s definitely not worth it unless your goal is to cause harm.”
This problem is that not enough queer people worked on the game, and those who did sold out for the paycheck:
There’s a direct correlation between how open Rowling becomes about her bigotry, and how flat and heartless Wizarding World media becomes. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. I think it’s because LGBTQIA+ people and genuine allies are some of the best creative minds in the world, and these films and this game were made largely without them.
The game industry is far queerer than most people realize. All the things you know and love about your favorite games were made by queer people. I don’t just mean directors or executive producers. I mean the concept artists who bring your favorite games to life, the sound designers, the engineers, the technical artists, the composers, the musicians, the writers, the testers, the producers—the hands that make the best games in the world are queer. We’re the life, the heartbeat, and the magic of great games.
Wired just gave Hogwarts Legacy a score of 1/10, because not enough “queer” people worked on it.
Game journalism is a joke. pic.twitter.com/CPrsCSuCnT
— YOUTUBE.COM / VITO (@VitoComedy) February 10, 2023
Robust body of work from this writer. pic.twitter.com/wbEK2FPljW
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) February 10, 2023
The use of “we” when referring to queer people in the by game industry is what really showcases the problem.
— InTheRightColumn (@TheRightColumn) February 10, 2023
This is the exact “slippery slope” that GamerGate was trying to put a stop to before we got here.
— Cʜɪᴢᴀᴅ ⚜️🥃 (@AUChizad) February 10, 2023
“There’s a direct correlation between how much I dislike JK Rowling and how bad I think her work is” pic.twitter.com/S7YI7yMznA
— Peeps (@vonBarrel) February 10, 2023
I’m just curious as to how they got these results… like did they ask every single employee at Avalanche Software whether or not they were queer??
— Arfreda (@ArfsArt) February 10, 2023
I want to have a document filled with with colorful graphs that illustrate all the project workers’ sexual identities, races, religions, and social media follows before I will give any money to any creative work.
Even then, I will still hate it if I am told to by my peers.
— Bruce Gottfred (@bgottfred) February 10, 2023
For cryin’ out loud, what happened to “it doesn’t matter what you do in your bedroom”?
People have to put being queer on their resumes now?
— 𝕴𝖑𝖐𝖔 𝕭𝖎𝖗𝖔𝖛 (@ilkobirov) February 11, 2023
They have no credibility.
— Justin Case (@Hendu71) February 12, 2023
So the entertainment industry is brimming over with queer people but they just somehow managed to avoid employing any of them in all Harry Potter related media?
— The Black Battleship (@HubrisKarate) February 10, 2023
I bought it after I saw this.
— Wannabe Defense Atty (@StrictLiable) February 11, 2023
It’s labelled as a game review but it’s just a rant.
— Clive Davidson (@CliveSDavidson) February 10, 2023
That reviewer clearly had an axe to grind, and this was the perfect grindstone.
— Tsukkomi (@ljenkins314) February 10, 2023
Gee I wonder why they gave it such a poor score?
The reviewer: pic.twitter.com/8wz7bHhFTq
— Dad Montgomery (@dad_montgomery) February 10, 2023
Do queer people also put the magic into vibrators and coffee? We’ll have to check out Grey’s reviews.
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TikToker hilariously DECIMATES trans-activists hating on Hogwarts Legacy over J.K. Rowling (watch)https://t.co/r3XzrEmdgy
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