Hogwarts Legacy - WB makes a full AAA RPG for Harry Potter

I am so angry about this whole thing.

Anyone that knows me knows I lurve Harry Potter like a dog loves bacon. Maybe not that much, but I have been spouting off for a decade about ‘they could make a fortune with a HP/Skyrim type game’. And here it is.

But since Skyrim, JKR has become some sort of batshit insane crazy person.

The person in charge of the game is a twat.

But a decade of pining and it actually exists and now it feels like if I get it anyway, I’m the asshole. Because other people are assholes. Stop fucking being assholes, other people.

Maybe it would be healthier to just buy and play it anyway and lie or not tell anybody.

Also people could stop being assholes.

Yea, but you can’t control other people or allow them to run your life for you.

I hear you. Right now my son is on the Switch playing Lego Harry Potter, and on the shelf above me are actual Lego Harry Potter sets. The Hogwarts castle sets are exquisite, and were a real joy to watch him put together.

Works like this tend to be inherently collaborative due to the large groups working on them. But still, if Rowling would simply shut the hell up it would certainly be financially beneficial for her.

It’s a sucky situation for sure. I don’t judge anyone harshly for getting this game. I won’t get it but that’s not because I believe I’m morally superior to people that want an open-world Harry Potter game. I just can’t support anything that benefits Rowling.

It’s similar to everyone getting excited by Diablo II Resurrection or Diablo IV news. Or people that are playing the latest Call of Duty. I’m not going to spend a penny on any of those games, but if someone else does, I don’t think lesser of them.

I do miss the good old days, when I could enjoy a book, movie, or video game without all the talk about the creator’s opinions. Politics has permeated everything and I hate it.


I know right? The good old days of Custer’s Revenge.

That’s social media in action. In the before-times, artists could have all kinds of heinous opinions and you’d never even know it until a biographer got their hands on their private correspondence and wrote about it in a book that you may or may not read.

Now it’s out there. All the time.

It’s strangely specific to creators. The people who built my house and made my car and paved my street had terrible opinions… but whatevs.

Umm, no, it’s nothing like that at all. That’s an objectionable game. There’s nothing objectionable about this game, it’s the creator’s personal opinions that trouble people.

Political views have always been there, so you were either too young to care or uninformed.

See above.

It used to be more difficult to be informed. Now with social media it’s difficult to not be informed.

When I first read Dragonriders of Pern I had no idea Anne McCaffery was nuts. At some point I read about her strange homophobic views and realized that she’s more than a bit objectionable. I always enjoyed James Woods as an actor, but it took some time before I realized he was an asshole. Lots of other examples.

I didn’t know about Anne McCaffery. Now I can’t enjoy… um… I guess I never really enjoyed her stuff that much anyway. Not my thing.

She was out there:

It’s not a matter of the rider emphasis becoming homosexual. Green and blue dragons choose people who are already homosexual. And even if circumstances arose, and a green dragon chose a heterosexual lifemate… Well, he would become homosexual. It’s a proven fact that a single [anal sex] experience causes one to be homosexual. The hormones released by a sexual situation involving the anus being broached, are the same hormones found in large quantities in effeminate homosexual males. For example, when I was much younger I knew a young man who was for all intents and purposes, heterosexual. He was mugged, and involved in a rape situation involving a tent peg. This one event was enough to have him start on a road that eventually led to him becoming effeminate and gay.

I’ve been gaming since the 80s. Only recently has the personal views of game creators (and other creative types for that matter) been considered significant.

Hahaha. Wow.

This isn’t correct. People have struggled with Wagner’s anti-Seminitism for decades.

But what has changed is that we’re less tolerant of assholes. Our values have changed, and for the better. I used to call my friends “fags” and “homos” in the 80s. It was funny and affectionate and socially acceptable. In my entertainment, women were plot points and minorities were side-kicks. A leading man in a movie could slap a chick on the ass and it was funny. Since then, diversity, representation, and respect have become important cultural values. Assholes aren’t as socially acceptable as they once were (even if the right has embraced assholery as a form of tribal identity).