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Hogwarts Legacy and the Audacity of Journalists

VGChartz's Lee Mehr: "Journalism is organized gossip." – Edward Eggleston (American historian & novelist).

Who knew the vacuum seal on century-old quotes could be so reliable? It’s strange to think back on enthusiast press actually enthused about new titles and picking an artist’s brain without the opportune outrage-porn against provocative figures; from shielding against legal busybodies pinning societal ills on games to crafting their own daggers to backstab whenever it seems justified. This figurative “autopsy” focuses on the decomposed corpse of former Hogwarts Legacy senior producer Troy Leavitt. Though the breaking news and the responses are quite old by internet standards, I think there's value to be gained in assessing what amounts to yellow journalism and contemplating its potential consequences."

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SenorFartCushion33d ago

Lol Keep it in your pants, Lee, you’re also a video game journalist participant in gossip by writing this article (facepalm)

gamer780433d ago

This journalist is right though, the industry is full of backstabbers and activists. This is why I don’t read kotaku polygon and I’ve stopped watching and listening to kinda funny games. Kinda funny had a podcast where they trashed Troy and had no idea what he even said. Truly sad.

coolbeans33d ago

"Kinda funny had a podcast where they trashed Troy and had no idea what he even said. Truly sad."

That one in particular really got to me. It was literally nothing more than "hey did you here to this bad guy said bad past stuff? I put no effort into specifically WHAT he said but actions have consequences!" The fact that that guest host is supposedly a GameSpot editor is truly sad.

SenorFartCushion33d ago

That’s American centerist politics for you, though. We are in an age of terrible individualism in terms of worldwide politics. Everybody wants for themselves in a way that, when at mass, perpetuates as a pseudo-soccer team-style narrative. America doesn’t have a left, this is my reasoning as to why people are embracing activism; not because they want to help people, but because they want for themselves. They have yet to embrace collectivism like proper activists.

I get very annoyed reading responses to this individualism, because it’s usually from greedier individualists. All I get from the writers response is that he was bullied in high school and cancel culture stories I.e stories that create the idea of the culture; cancellation actually cannot exist as a culture, that’s dumb.

That’s why I write “keep it in your pants” to the writer, because it’s clear that they have no idea what they’re writing about and seem more afraid for themselves (like greedy individualists) than they are for the already-wealthy game dev who will almost-certainly be hired by another AAA studio.

I think I’ll copy and paste this answer as it does a good job of summing up my point and I cba writing it again 😅

coolbeans32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

@Senor

It's weird how I sympathize more with your conclusion despite the way you get there off-base. Conflating individualism with... some kind of nationalistic narcissism (soccer team narrative) is such a misdiagnosis. 9/10 times the "America has no left" line gets parroted it's some Euro-centric worldview intellectually gatekeeping what counts as some left contingent. Until the US reanimates Stalin, this repetitive convenience will keep going. The missing left isn't an issue, the vocal and clear majority of them just don't mind latching on to corruptible groups (DNC), all while embracing performative outlets as an exercise.

-"All I get from the writers response is that he was bullied in high school..."

Pretending to psycho-analyze someone based on a gaming article is one of the most cringe-inducing things you can do.

-"...cancel culture stories I.e stories that create the idea of the culture; cancellation actually cannot exist as a culture, that’s dumb."

You literally have to disregard how modern parlance has made "culture" among the most expansive in its meanings. https://www.merriam-webster...

The exercise of trying to 'cancel' someone can absolutely exist as its own unique culture.

-"...because it’s clear that they have no idea what they’re writing about and seem more afraid for themselves (like greedy individualists) than they are for the already-wealthy game dev who will almost-certainly be hired by another AAA studio."

The irony is palpable. Were that the case, why be compelled to do what's likely MORE damaging (short-term/long-term) to finding other writing outlets elsewhere? Considering the 'greedy individualist' mob set out to grind their axes has faced no retribution, why not follow suit? Should the fact that he's still wealthy and/or rehire-able mean he ought to be a free target for unsubstantiated claims as damning as alt-right? If so, that seems like a sickening way to judge the situation.

Inverno33d ago

Oh so he found himself basically forced to resign from his position afterall. I'm wondering when it became so acceptable to force people out of their jobs for having views that differ from… you know what I won't even finish my opinion on this. This article may go unseen, or ignored. But on the off chance that it gains attention I suggest it gets taken down before it does because it will likely start up a conversation that moderators on this site seem to be heavily biased against.

coolbeans33d ago

No, no. He left his position because of family concerns and he was on the cusp of "re-retiring," as he put it. Avalanche didn't cave here. THAT SAID, I think we can readily tell that almost every big gaming website was gleefully sharpening their blade on a whetstone once the first tweet brought his history up.

-"But on the off chance that it gains attention I suggest it gets taken down before it does because it will likely start up a conversation that moderators on this site seem to be heavily biased against."

I think you have to consider the context of why there's tendency to be jumpy. It's not productive to the conversation if newer comments just spout "This is what Biden's American wants!!! They're after us all!!!" What? No, just keeping the socio-political issues at least restrained to the topic at hand will be fine.

LucasRuinedChildhood33d ago

"Oh so he found himself basically forced to resign from his position afterall." No. Even the person who wrote this admits that people were "unequivocally wrong" that Leavitt lost his job because of pressure or cancel culture.

Leavitt said that no pressure was applied by WB for him to leave whatsoever, and that he had already intended to retire in August 2020 to help with a family member who was in deteriorating health (WB helped him move in a way where he didn't need to retire) and then that situation got much worse in February so he had to re-retire.

He was pissed about the articles but praised WB. So no, he was not "basically forced" to leave "afterall".

gamer780433d ago

He wasn’t forced to leave but this sped along his decision. Who wants to put up with these journalists trying to cancel him for no reason other than they enjoy backstabbing people in the industry that have different personal opinions

coolbeans33d ago

@gamer

This is also false by the account he's told. He released an explanation video about this: he'd intended to turn in his two-week notice soon into 2021 because of family concerns. Again, you can still go over the attitude of these sycophantic journalists, but it's not helpful to present false info.

gamer780432d ago

@coolbeans agreed but it still sped up his decision if only by weeks.

SenorFartCushion33d ago

That’s capitalism for ya, baby. The billion dollar businesses and companies want to sell more and they know that having people with chequered pasts (according to the current society we have before us) will lead to them selling less, so they will force them out. I do find it strange as to why people blame the online commenters rather that the ones actually doing the forcing out.

The reason for this, I think, is because people aren’t buying as many different games as they used to. Maybe game pass is a factor, maybe it’s the trying times we are currently living in, but companies are more paranoid than ever to sell and they will micromanage their projects to oblivion.

There is a black doctor in the beginning of Godzilla vs Kong (played by Newsroom’s Chris Chalk) who’s hair changes length between scenes. This is a product that was micromanaged to oblivion. They showed a cut to small sets of people and they were made to give feedback on what they did and didn’t like. They don’t “need” to give feedback, but the studio makes them think they have to during this time. This led to reshoots, which in turn led to errors within the final cut. I’m not going to blame the people who were made to give feedback, I’m blaming the studio who micromanaged their own project.

Christopher33d ago (Edited 33d ago )

Hard comparison on that one as it was outside factors that offered up the opinions here and not Avalanche Studios seeking it. It's not like the studio looked for this thing by asking, it just developed because that's what happens with journalism now. Journalists latch onto hot topics and run with them even if they don't understand the discussion. Just look at everyone claiming Jim Ryan should be fired that are popping up just because it's a hot topic that is getting clicks/attention, not because any of these sites two months ago were saying it when the discussions began.

frostypants32d ago

This has nothing to do with capitalism. Go look up the meaning of the word.

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