Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Online Hack – Android/iOS
Being a big fan of the Harry Potter series and a big hater of the mobile gaming industry, Hogwarts Mystery left me feeling very conflicted when I first saw it featured in the App Store. I put off installing it for weeks, leaving it in some sort of Schrodinger’s limbo, fearing what I might find if I install it. As a matter of fact, I only actually got to download it after all the negative reviews started rolling in. That was already a dead giveaway that the game was indeed a colossal disappointment, so I went in hoping that it wouldn’t be As Bad as everyone was making it out to be. In truth, it was even worse than I expected. Before getting to the actual review of the game, let’s address the elephant in the room: microtransactions. Microtransactions aren’t the evil bane of gaming by default. In truth, they are a good way for indie developers to make a profit and they are what makes free-to-play games possible. But, as always, you can be sure that the suits heading the big corporations will thoroughly exploit them, just like they do everything else.
And let’s not kid ourselves: microtransactions are nothing new and they have been around for years, present both in mobile and in AAA titles. Regardless of how much flak big companies get for exploiting them, microtransactions will be around for as long as there are people who are more than happy to feed the trend, oblivious to what it’s doing to the industry as a whole. However, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery takes the trend of exploitative microtransactions much further down the rabbit hole, pushing the limits of ethical boundaries and raising the bar when it comes to how much money can be charged for nothing. As is the case with many other mobile games, the microtransactions boil down to in-game resources. Much like in innumerable other mobile games, these are gems, gold coins, and energy. Now, gold coins are the least problematic of the three. Fairly large quantities can be attained simply by playing the game and they are used only for non-essential cosmetic items. However, it is with the other two that the problem arises.
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A game like Hogwarts Mystery is worth no more than $10, period. Yet, some will spend hundreds – literally hundreds – of dollars on free-to-play mobile games in this vein, encouraging the proliferation of the cancerous trend that are these exploitative microtransactions.