Is this a case of cancel culture striking again or is it something else entirely?
Troy Leavitt was the game developer behind the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy game. This game was already knee-deep in controversy because people hate JK Rowling and her refusal to bend the knee to the left. The only difference is JK Rowling is too big of a name to cancel so, instead, the LGBT community tried its best to cancel Hogwarts Legacy.
In response to the LGBT community, the developers have decided to add a trans character to the character creation menu. It’s unknown if they’ll add an actual trans character to the game or not, but that doesn’t really matter. If the game media, and a certain small percentage of gamers, decide they want to cancel you they’ll tear your game to shreds no matter how much you try and do for them. Cyberpunk 2077 is a perfect example here. It’s been called racist and transphobic even though there’s an entire questline dedicated to a trans woman.
It didn’t matter that almost every game developer flat out lied about the lack of trans representation in that game so why do you think it’ll matter in this one? Especially since the creator of Harry Potter is such a hated figure today. I’m getting sidetracked though. I’m not here to write about JK Rowling or defend Cyberpunk more than I already have.
Troy Leavitt recently left Avalanche Software. He was recently the center of a controversy because of the views he expressed on his own personal Youtube channel. Views that went against Anita Sarkeesian (how is that a bad thing?). He also defended John Lasseter (ex Pixar co-founder) and Nolan Bushnell (Ataria co-founder who allegedly had a toxic work environment for women).
So because Troy Leavitt had a different opinion that means he shouldn’t be able to work and support himself and, or, his family? That’s the world we live in today. You can’t have your own opinion on these kinds of topics because you’ll be labeled some kind of phobic and you’ll lose your job once enough people demand it. It doesn’t matter how good you are at it or if you’re a good person. You’ll be fired.
Of course, Kotaku jumped on this story the first chance they got. They wrote this
Among Leavitt’s…videos are lengthy defenses of both John Lasseter, the Pixar co-founder who left his position at Disney in 2017 after allegations of sexual misconduct, and Nolan Bushnell, the Atari co-founder who Kotaku’s reporting found to have fostered a toxic work environment for women. In some of his videos, Leavitt expressed support for Gamergate, a movement that fostered harassment against women and other minorities in the gaming industry, and criticized Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes vs. Women series as an “uninformed fringe position.” Leavitt discussed his opinions on Gamergate in-depth during a 2017 interview, saying, “Gamergate, while painful at times, on the whole, proved to be a good thing,”
At least they’re not bitching about crunch, right?
Kotaku is an absolute joke in the video games industry. They use video games as a front to push their political ideas on everyone and if you don’t agree with them then you’ll be labeled. Until Troy Leavitt releases his official response on his Youtube channel we won’t know for sure if he was pressured to quit by higher-ups or if he was really telling the truth in his tweets on Twitter. What Troy said wasn’t that bad.
Yes, I just wrote that. He didn’t threaten to kill anyone or demand that his followers insult and harass anyone. All he did was give his opinions on some controversial topics and guess what… his opinions weren’t that bad. They’re just different opinions and in today’s society that’s a bad thing because you’re not allowed to have different opinions. You HAVE to agree with everything or you’re transphobic, homophobic, or a woman-hater.
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