Hogwarts Legacy, biggest game release in a while despite ‘controversies’

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The highlight of my youth was reading the Harry Potter books. I remember immersing myself in those books despite the ‘warnings’ that the books were Satanic. That wasn’t going to keep any millennial from transporting themselves into the wizarding world.

The first book in the series came out in 1997 and the last in 2007 but we’re still talking about it. The movies kept the series fresh in our minds even if the Fantastic Beasts ones are mid at best. In my opinion, even the Harry Potter movies were mid, can’t hold anything to the books.

There were also games. We have had games for all types of devices, including browser and flash games. The first Harry Potter game came out in 2001 and we have had more games than books or movies since. Yet, none of the games ever really rocked the world – until now.

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy is the latest in the series and is available on PC, PS, Xbox and Switch. Developed by Avalanche Software, the game has started off on a high note.

During early access, the game had the second-highest concurrent player count for a single-player game in Steam history.

Upon release on the 10th of February, the game broke that concurrent player count by a mile. Sales have been superb with the game now expected to surpass 10 million copies in sales.

Hogwarts Legacy currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most viewed game on Twitch. Showing interest in the game is high and it looks like that interest is translating into sales.

It also helps that the game is getting mostly positive reviews. There will always be some things to complain about in a game but critics from all over the world agree it is a good game.

We’re talking Metacritic scores of 90 for Xbox, 84 for PS and 83 for PC. IGN gives the game a 9/10, NME gives 3/5 whilst PC Gamer gives it an 83/100. User scores are even higher.

Looks like it’s the slam dunk the Harry Potter world has been looking for. Except, it can’t go that smoothly, not on this Earth of ours. Hogwarts got a 1/10 score from Wired and the reason for that low score is wild.

JK Rowling

This lady created the Harry Potter world and was loved by all for years. That all changed when she said she doesn’t believe a man can be a woman.

She says a man can believe that he is a woman all he wants, dress like a woman and even get surgeries to really look like one. She says all the power to him but the fact remains that he is a biological man.

If you’ve not been living in a cave you know that the transgender movement just won’t accept that. So, she has been labelled hateful and has received death threats galore since she made those views known.

These activists are hellbent on ruining JK Rowling and before Hogwarts Legacy came out they were calling on all gamers to boycott this game.

They say they want to put a dent in JK’s billion dollar fortune. Or at the very least, not help her make more.

That’s why Wired gave the game a 1/10. That low score has nothing to do with the game itself, but rather their opposition to JK’s views on transgender people.

Wired says ‘its real world harms are impossible to ignore.’ JK’s views on transgender people being the real world harms they are talking about.

I am not a fan of this. I think if you hate an artist/creator that much then just refrain from commenting on or reviewing their work. You can’t give a bad review that has nothing to do with the quality of the work itself.

It’s okay to say you won’t listen to R.Kelly because of his transgressions. You have the right to do that. What you can’t say is that he did not give us banger after banger. His discography speaks for itself.

Good art prevails

The anti-Rowling club tried its best but so far it’s looking like gamers are not moved by all that.

One activist says it’s okay to want to play Hogwarts Legacy but if one does, they cannot claim to support the trans community. That’s a wild statement right there.

There are some who were swayed by such statements but the majority is not moved. As they should not, in my opinion.

But that’s me. I just don’t want those divisive topics messing with my entertainment. We can have those debates but let’s not try and inject them everywhere.

Here in Zimbabwe, how many times have the Twitteratti called on boycotts of businesses affiliated with Zanu PF members? It’s never really worked, has it?

It shouldn’t either.

What do you think about all this? Have you had a chance to play Hogwarts Legacy or have you been hitting that Twitch like some of us? The game looks good, right? Do let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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  1. Gamue

    Interesting! Any working torrents for the game?

    1. Always Off Topic

      You are right if those activists wanted to ruin JK they should have taken to torrenting the game. That way those that want to play can play whilst sticking it to her.

      1. Leonard Sengere

        They can’t be seen to be promoting illegal activity, now can they? Although they are not opposed to making death threats, they draw the line at piracy.

    2. Leonard Sengere

      You just know the game is gonna be torrented so hard. I saw some but not sure if they are working. My days of pirating games are over.

  2. House Legacy

    I have a confession to make. Long before I heard of the allegations against Ranga Kelly, I had already blacklisted him! Something about the whiney RnB sound of that era irritated the heck out of me, and him being the king of it, he became the target of my all consuming, irrational hate!🀣

    Anyway, it’s been interesting to watch all this go down. People actually got fired for posting how theywere looking forward too the game. There was even a website tracking and cataloguing streamers that played the game so actists and allies knew who to target! Streamers were being bullied into tears live! It got so bad for normies that there’s guides out there on how to play the game and keep your achievements on the down low!

    Reminds me of when my uncle sat me down to tell me to keep the volume of a certain studio station down during the season of selection or our card carrying, face primt zambia wearing, free t-shirt for every day of the month having neighbour would hear us and report to the explosive green fly youths! Ridiculous but I think this whole thing had a similar fear factor and weight of consequences to those who didn’t want to be caught playing the game! Glad the game turned out to be so good it overpowered most of this nonsense! Still, it won’t surprise me to hear down the line of people being denied opportunities because they played this publicly in a few years.

    1. Leonard Sengere

      First off, don’t ever disrespect Ranga like that ever again. His is not the whiny kind of RnB. He is (was?) the R in RnB.

      About the activism. Oh I hate this kind of activism with a passion. Your comparison to the fear mongering that Zanu employed back then is spot on. You were afraid to even think of anything negative about Mugabe, for fear someone would notice and you’d get the short sleeve treatment.

      I did not know about the website that was tracking and cataloguing streamers who dared play the game. That is just twisted. They love wielding that ‘cancellation sword’, using it to strike at whoever thinks for themselves rather than following their directives. Cancellation is real and that’s why it usually works for them. As a streamer you ask yourself, do I risk my whole career going down the toilet over one game? Or do I skip it and live to stream another day? Apparently, streamers were resolute this time around and said cancellation be damned, I’m playing Hogwarts. Good on them.

  3. Stripes

    The alphabet people cannot win this one. The market dictates , not feelings

    1. Leonard Sengere

      The markte has spoken. It doesn’t care what the blue-haireds have to say.

  4. Jinx

    You know what, screw the transformers( transgenders). There are only 2 sexes. You are either male or female. This whole “autobots transform” into another gender is absolute garbage. A man can never be a woman!

    1. Core95

      Hahaha amen to that. These folks from developed countries are downright confused and it keeps getting worse. Fact that they try to politice,sensitize or monetize this movement is just morally wrong. All these hype around LGBTQ communities is just letting adults live in a kid’s world where Santa Claus gives wishes. And they wish to be considered human. Problem starts when someone says their opinion about them (JK Rowling) and they feel the need to attack them.

    2. Leonard Sengere

      Autobots transform πŸ€£πŸ˜‚. You are not having it.

  5. John

    News please kwete zvamukuita izvii

    1. Leonard Sengere

      I thought it was interesting news John. Don’t you think it is. If only for the fact that the game broke the World record for streams.

  6. Mabhena

    No guys. American issues & politics are exhausting. Some of us actually come to sites like these to escape the noise.

    1. I am inevitable

      Unfortunately, no matter how hard you want to ignore it, it’s gonna touch your life in some way. Whether it’s in the ideas you can express online or the lifestyles your kids are exposed to in the games and shows they consume, that noise is omnipresent. Better to read a small summary and be aware than to be ignorant and unprepared

      1. Leonard Sengere

        True. There is no escaping it. Might as well dip your toes.

    2. Leonard Sengere

      I agree. Those issues are everywhere in entertainment and news. We will try not to bring them onto our shores. However, we will be forced to talk about them every once in a while. Like today. We won’t make it a habit though.

  7. Are you not entertained?πŸ—‘πŸ†πŸ©ΈπŸ‘„

    John: Reads news about probably the biggest success and controversy in all of gaming so far this year
    Also John: “News please!”
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    1. Leonard Sengere

      🀣🀣 It be like that sometimes.

    2. (⁠≧⁠▽⁠≦⁠)

      😹😹😹