For [WRUP’s] Sake

Good morning everyone. Man it's been an incredibly busy couple of weeks for me and today will be no different. In fact it may not be too different until the end of March. Last week I missed the WRUP all together and this week I don't really have a whole lot to mention, but let's go to it anyway.

Hogwarts Legacy is here and of course it had really stirred the pot on whether it's okay to purchase or even play given the reality that royalty checks are given to the creator of the universe, J.K Rowling, a well known, highly outspoken trans-phobe. I do not yet own Hogwarts Legacy and I'm not sure I will yet, but I will say that I don't think boycotts actually work. I also think it's okay to enjoy a product but not the creator of a product, as equivocating as that may be to say. So as much as I hate the idea of making purchase that will directly support a transphobic creator, I may actually buy Hogwarts Legacy at some point because the game play really does look great. I got to see some it last night first hand with friends and man, it looks really well optimized and like a lot of fun in a big world that, like it or not, most of us are familiar with. So, I'm a little bit on the fence. I'm not a trans-phobe. I don't think that playing a "Harry Potter" inspired game will make me a trans-phobe. But I do not want to give a royalty to an anti-trans person just so I can enjoy my own steps in that universe. We'll see how it goes, maybe I will, maybe I won't.

There's a review from Kotaku here written by a trans person who has played Hogwarts Legacy and I'd recommend a read.

If you're in the market for a used intel CPU for a build, be careful of scammers selling fake parts. This doesn't seem to be a very wide spread problem so far, thankfully, but it's out there. Unfortunately there's almost no way to tell until you've got the CPU installed so by that time it's probably way too late. If you're well versed in the way a certain CPU should appear then you'll probably be able to se the physical differences that present themselves on a chip with similar characteristics. If possible, ask to install and test the part with the seller in the room. If they red light that idea then maybe it's best to avoid the sale. The best way you can lower your risk of being scammed is to go through a legit source that sells used CPUs if indeed your heart is set on a cheaper used part. Pier to pier in-person sales are higher risk because the exchange takes place and then -poof- the seller is in the wind. Here's an example given from Gamersnexus.

What are we playing?

Greywolfe: during this week, i finished up chook and sosig and started in on night in the woods, a game i've been meaning to play since FOREVER.

AJ: Finally decided to shell out for a Sega Genesis Mini so I'll likely be spending some time with that and may also play some God of War: Ragnarok.

Yoda: Finally started playing Metal: Hellsinger. It's as good as I hoped it would be. Super fun time so far.

Scrooloose: Working, working, working, hopefully some Evil West and Darktide along with the end of the current Destiny 2 season.