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Maybe you’re feeling FOMO about skipping Hogwarts Legacy. Or you’ve already bought the sport and now you can’t look a trans person within the eye. Perhaps you’re only a gamer goth who enjoys magic-themed video games. Have I obtained the itch.io bundle for you.
Trans Witches Are Witches is a set of magic-themed video games, zines, and music by LGBTQ creators. For the same amount of money that you could have spent on Hogwarts Legacy, you should purchase 69 objects (heh) made by impartial queer artists.
J.K. Rowling’s possession of the Harry Potter IP has caused Legacy’s launch to turn into a battlefield over whether or not trans folks deserve human rights. And that’s only one reason why a lot of people don’t want to purchase the game. Gaming website Kritiqal (which curated the bundle) cites its issues with the transphobia of Harry Potter’s creator, the game’s anti-semitism in casting the money-obsessed goblins (commonly seen as a Jewish racial caricature) as its villains, and the right-wing views of Legacy’s former lead designer.
Rather than the cash going to a single transphobic millionaire, the proceeds from this bundle will be break up equally amongst all contributors. So your buy will probably fund normal issues like hire and food, quite than journeys to anti-transgender protest rallies.
24 of those video games are digital, whereas 41 titles are bodily tabletop games. Magic Trick permits you to skateboard as an cute witch. Tarot: Theo’s Quest is a pixel-based JRPG where you acquire tarot cards. Casting Hearts is a witchy dating sim about anxiety. The bundle even contains You Are A Wizard, a magical platformer designed by the lead developer of the critically acclaimed Extreme Meatpunks Forever.
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If you can’t afford the sticker price of $60, there’s another bundle obtainable for $10. As of the time of writing, the bundle has raised nearly $5,000.
Trans Witches Are Witches might be obtainable from now till February 24.