OK, I didn’t think it could get any more stupider than the last “controversy” but once again, I have been proven wrong. ResetEra, the internet’s premier video gaming forum destination has collectively decided to ban all discussion about Hogwarts Legacy on its platform and my God is this timeline something else! All because of a YouTube channel mind you!
In a statement published on Tuesday, Resetera’s mod team said that the unrepentant views of both Leavitt and Rowling had forced it into “a uniquely awful situation.”
“The team has talked it over at length and as a result, we’ve decided to implement a total ban on threads for promotional media for the game,” it said.
“This means there will be no threads for trailers or official announcements, no hype threads, no fluff pieces about its features. This functionally bans almost all threads leading up to release, unless there are major new developments about the controversy or something along those lines.”
It also added: “This is the first time we’ve done something like this and we consider this a very exceptional case. It’s not just one bigoted game designer that made the difference here. JK Rowling’s singular reach and influence, how closely that influence is tied to the Harry Potter IP, and what she chooses to do with that power, is a unique problem on top of this latest controversy.”
“We’re going to revisit whether to have an OT much closer to the game’s release. Learning from what happened with Cyberpunk, if there is an OT, it will have a text-only OP created by staff that lays out the controversy with the game and IP. The main reason to have an OT at all is the same one we’ve articulated before: Some minority members want a space to discuss the game’s contents where they will not be shouted down by bigots.”
All of this for a game and because journalist Liam Roberston posted a Twitter thread highlighting that Hogwarts Legacy lead designer Troy Leavitt once kept a YouTube channel full of far-right content. Honestly, the game hasn’t even come out yet, nor put out anything remotely close to what these guys are referring to so this crazy hate train is unwarranted. This Cyberpunk 2077 all over again.
Yeah, I know that many people have had an issue with J.K. Rowling’s trans opinions in the past, but this is taking it to an extreme. It’s the very definition of bigotry when it comes to other people’s beliefs and opinions and the irony is they can’t see it. We are really living in a timeline where people’s common sense is at an all-time low, and emotions are over 9000! I don’t want to be mean, I get to some degree that they want to be on the right side of things, but still, the ramifications of this ban are deadly to future titles. What if the next game, we find out that someone on the team thinks that modern feminism is horrible and toxic? Will that game also be banned too? Where do we even draw the line for logic here?
If this ends up having a domino effect and other platforms for games follow suit, it could lead to the WB outright canceling the game to avoid any potential loss in revenue. It would send a terrible message and give power to the wrong types of people. The discussion on wether it is ethical to put money in the pocket of someone you don’t like is crazy, since thousands of product consumed today was likely made by someone who you may not agree with politically or otherwise! I fear what this might lead in the future!