The Fine Art of Avoiding Spoilers

We all hate spoilers, right? I actually unfollowed a couple of people on Twitter several months ago (who I didn’t personally know — but still, sorry!) because they were live tweeting The Walking Dead, and I had to wait a day to watch it. People can be very insensitive with their spoilering… but I do understand that once enough time has passed, you have to get over it. Live tweeting is never okay, but if you’re talking about an old season of a show or something that’s been out for more than a few weeks or months, spoilers are going to come out. It’s inevitable that you’ll have to work pretty hard to avoid spoilers if you’ve waited too long to watch something.

But what about spoilers for things that aren’t even released yet? I’m talking mainly about video games now, because like all good fans, I’m thirsty for information about upcoming game releases that I’m excited about. Every time I see a news article for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or Batman: Arkham Knight, I get giddy. I read it all. I want to know everything. At least, I think I do — at first.

However, I’ve noticed that some game companies release a lot of game details before release — almost too many. I have actually started avoiding news articles detailing companion characters or villains you’ll meet in some games, because I don’t want to know about all of them before I play. I like the sense of discovery, and I want to feel like I’m crafting my own journey through a game. I don’t want to be instructed where to go or what to do — however subliminally — by pre-game spoilers.

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Arkham Knight spoiler!!

But what makes a spoiler a “spoiler” for something that hasn’t been released yet? I guess the ending just has to be kept a secret. But even if I know I won’t learn the ending of a game, I still get a little nervous about finding out too much. Sometimes I want to go into a game blind and experience the thrill of something catching me off guard — or a chill when I see a familiar villain make an appearance that I hadn’t expected here. There’s even a point when I’ve seen enough footage of a game, and any more will just be smogging up the atmosphere that I want to breathe in the first time I launch the game at home.

Of course I’m not totally against video game companies releasing details about a game before it comes out. It’s up to me to decide what my personal definition of a spoiler is — and then work to avoid those spoilers as much as possible! Because as much as I love learning how my next favorite game is doing in development, there are definitely times when I would rather shut my eyes than see too much too soon.

— Ashley

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4 thoughts on “The Fine Art of Avoiding Spoilers”

  1. I’ve regretted watching a few things pre-release in the past, but it is sometimes hard to resist when you are excited for something. I think with games I can handle it better than TV just because even if I know about something happening, I still get to play it myself. The interactive-ness of it means I still can enjoy that aspect even if the surprise of what will happen is taken away. I mean it still stinks, but maybe not as bad as something that is all about the story. I don’t know. Like you I have learned to draw a line as far as pre-release footage goes. I need to cut myself off at some point along the line or risk hurting my own experience.

    Also nice to see you blogging again!

    1. That’s true, you do get to experience things in your own way when you play a video game, even if something has been “spoiled.” I think in that case, I just worry that the spoilers are guiding my experience too much. But then, that’s getting into story territory more, because it’s worst with games that give you choices, etc… I don’t want to be influenced! =)

  2. Welcome back to the world of blogging, Ashley! 😀 I’m much more adamant about avoiding spoilers for TV than pre-release video games. When it comes to games already released, however, I really don’t want spoilers, especially if it’s a game I’m most excited to play. I do find it annoying when people live tweet stuff because some don’t take into account followers who may be innocently scrolling through their feed and accidentally read something that is spoiler. Of course, it’s probably up to us to just avoid the internet in general until we’ve played/watched a game/episode.

    1. Thanks! =) Yeah, that’s true that it’s kind of up to the us to avoid spoilers… It’s just hard to avoid the internet! You’re right that TV spoilers after a show has aired are the worst. They’re also the hardest to avoid, I think… so I am trying to keep current with most spoilery shows!

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