PS5 subreddit doesn’t want you to mention the Harry Potter author
Hogwarts legacy Coming to PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X on February 10th, with ports to Nintendo Switch and last-gen consoles later this year. However, if you were hoping to discuss the context surrounding the action RPG – that is, Harry Potter Author JK Rowling and her damage transphobic rhetoric – on the official PS5 subreddit, well, out of luck there.
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Developed by Avalanche Software (not to be confused with Just Cause 4 Creator Avalanche Studios), Hogwarts legacy is the upcoming Wizard Action RPG set in the famous Harry Potter Universe. If you’ve been spending any time on the internet lately, you’ve probably seen it discourse about the game almost everywhere, with people struggle with both how to cover the game and whether to play it makes you transphobic or not. discussion about Hogwarts legacy can often lead to heated debates. In direct response, the PS5 subreddit will ban any discussion of Rowling and her views when talking about the game.
The subreddit’s mod team wrote a longer post about why discourse around Rowling and everything unrelated Hogwarts legacy Gameplay has been specifically banned. Citing the “hostile and transphobic reactions” that have left the community “incapable of” discussing different opinions “with anything remotely civilized,” the moderators have decided enough is enough.
“Therefore, we are taking the unfortunate – but what we feel necessary – step of banning any discussion of JK Rowling and related issues in posts related to it Hogwarts legacysaid the subreddit’s mods in the post. “Next week there will be a surge in content related to this game as we see the lifting of the review embargo, the start of early access pre-order and the official launch of the game. We view a complete shutdown of non-game related discussions as the only means by which we can allow discussion of this game to continue while maintaining everyone’s respect and dignity [the] Members of our community as best we can.”
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It seems people can talk about it in r/PS5 Hogwarts legacy as a product and criticized it solely for its gameplay and plot themes. But any discussions not explicitly related to the game – such as how Rowling will benefit financially Harry Potter-adjacent sales or the various controversies she constantly gets caught up in when she speaks – will likely be removed as AutoModerator is now in “over”.Drive.” Essentially, Rowling became She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in r/PS5, much like the main antagonist of the series, Lord Voldemort.
kotaku has reached out to WB Games and the moderators for comment.
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The PS5 subreddit mods ended the post with the words “trans rights are human rights” which is the correct and only setting to have here. If you are excited to play Hogwarts legacy, that’s perfectly fine and nobody should be bothered for wanting to play the game. However, we cannot ignore the fact that when this author actively hates trans people, the author continues to benefit from a series loved by the queer community worldwide.
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