In a rare moment of common sense from a politician, ex-British Prime Minister David Cameron once commented that people need to remember that Twitter is not the real world. This lesson seems to be frequently forgotten by the media, the entertainment industry, businesses, and even today’s leaders. Hogwarts Legacy starkly illustrates this point.
Spend any time among the howling, imbecilic online mob and this Harry Potter-centric game was to be a culture war battleground. Potter author J K Rowling was to be made to pay for having the temerity to question just how far women’s rights were compatible with unchallenged trans rights, particularly around the safety and security of women-only spaces.
Activists were mobilized. A million Twitter flame wars were started. This game would be forced to flop by the sheer, overwhelming, coordinated pressure of, as Dave Chappelle called them, the “Alphabet People”.
Only it wasn’t.
The game has now been released. Not only has Hogwarts Legacy received very good reviews, but it has also been a massive sales success.
It was only released on February 10th for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, but first-week sales of the game are, in some territories, an unbelievable 80% up on last years gaming success story Elden Ring.
Outside of FIFA and Call Of Duty, Hogwarts Legacy is the biggest launch of a video game since Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018. This is even before the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are launched in April, with a Nintendo Switch version following in July.
So there you have it, concrete proof that the shrieking idiots of Twitter do not represent the real world, no matter how loudly they cry.
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