In the age of social media, spoiler culture has never been more alive and well. If you’re an avid social media user you practically need to instantly consume the latest games, TV shows and movies before the likes of Facebook and Twitter are awash with ending discussions, plot twists, and GIFs. Avoiding these has become a monumental task; a near impossible one for me when writing for Game Debate and scanning for all the happenings in the gaming world.
Which leaves us all in a bit of a quandary. Either we accept we’re going to see spoilers from time to time, or we try and do something about it.
The most brutal method would be to avoid going online whatsoever. In the case of a movie, this seems doable if you’re going to watch the premiere. But The Witcher 3? Good luck staying offline for the two months it’ll take you to finish it.
The second option is to just remove yourself from gaming discussions - avoid visiting news sites, discussion forums and the like. This usually does the trick for me. Unless you plan to play a new game immediately though, eventually you’ll slip up. I’m still yet to play Mass Effect 3 but there’s no conceivable way I could’ve avoided hearing about the ending. People insist on just dropping it into conversations like it means nothing. It’s the Kaiser Söze of the gaming world. They know about it so they assume everyone else does.
Personally, I’ve come to terms with spoiler culture. In truth, I’m more precious about gameplay and environmental spoilers than I am about plot twists. Fortunately, it’s the latter which are often slathered about the place nonsensically, but gaming plots are seldom intriguing enough for me to care one iota about a plot twist. I can’t remember the last time I played a game and I was actually on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. But a late level set in a far flung country, or a superpowered weapon earned as unlock? That’s where the spoilers hit me hardest.
So please, without revealing any spoilers of your own in the comments section below, let us know how you deal with avoiding game spoilers, or indeed if they even bother you at all. Have any games been ruined for as a result? Do reviews sometimes let too much slip? Let us know your thoughts!