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.

OK.

Do queer people also put the magic into vibrators and coffee? We’ll have to check out Grey’s reviews.

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