How do you define a spoiler?

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by leafeon34, May 25, 2017.

  1. leafeon34

    leafeon34 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Sep 30, 2014
    When I was younger we had no YouTube. For most of my childhood I didn't have internet. And even when I did, dial-up sucks. The only information I could find about games before purchasing them was what I could find in magazines and the back of the box.

    Nowadays we can watch a video of someone finishing a game before even purchasing it ourselves. It's true that most of us don't go that far, but my point is we can, and often do get a lot more information about a game before buying it than we could 15 years ago. I never went to E3 1998 (or any other gaming events) so I never saw any gameplay or heard music from my games before actually playing them.

    These days it's extremely tempting to watch game trailers of games I'm interested in. I might not watch the trailer for the first month after it's posted on YouTube, but eventually the temptation gets to me. Even for those who can resist the temptation until actually playing the game it's difficult to avoid seeing FaceBook posts revealing new gameplay features and displaying high quality screenshots.

    If a review calls itself spoiler free then you wont know of any major plot points. But you still find out about the game's mechanics, the main characters and see high-res screenshots before playing the game. Back when I was younger, even if I did actually read a review in a magazine I forgot most of it before playing the game.

    Picking up a new gaming is rarely a completely new experience. I never had much interest in Steamworld Heist. I saw a few screenshots and decided the wild western robots theme was too bizarre for me. But seeing so many reviews give the game 9/10 (I didn't actually read the reviews) I eventually picked it up and loved it. I had no idea what I was getting into. Tactics RPG? I thought the game would play something like Fire Emblem.

    Call me an extremist if you like, you're probably right. I'm very curious to hear what others have to say about this.
    Last edited by leafeon34, May 26, 2017
  2. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    Apr 4, 2006
    That is going into extremes, yes.

    How do you feel about movie trailers?
  3. Ryccardo

    Ryccardo WiiUaboo

    Feb 13, 2015
    I personally don't care much if at all... I rarely play games for the story, but rather enjoy seeing all the locations!
  4. tbb043

    tbb043 Member

    Jan 30, 2008
    United States
    Giving away a major plot point or hidden content.
  5. The Real Jdbye

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    I think it's subjective. For me, a spoiler is anything I haven't heard about yet that reveals specifics of the story or gameplay beyond what you would find out within the early parts of the game. What counts as early parts of the game varies depending on the type of game and the game length, but basically what you can consider as a tutorial is fair play, but anything beyond that might not be. So watching a gameplay video of the first hour or so of gameplay might not be considered spoilers, because it's just introducing you to the game mechanics, world, characters and such. Watching a gameplay video of the ending or reading about the ending is definitely spoilers. Anything inbetween depends. If it doesn't involve major story elements or hidden content, it's probably fine.
  6. leafeon34

    leafeon34 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Sep 30, 2014
    Never thought about that. Movies don't interest me and I go to the cinema less than once a year. Every few months a movie trailer will catch my interest on YouTube but I don't care if I see a few minutes of a movie I'm not going to watch.

    I do try to resist the temptation of reading the blurbs on the back of novels I plan on reading.
  7. RevPokemon

    RevPokemon GBATemp's 3rd Favorite Transgirl

    Aug 24, 2014
    United States
    Fort Gay, West Virginia
    To me a spoiler is: Something that gives away a major plot role that is intended by the creator to be kept a secret.
  8. Eightcoins

    Eightcoins Member

    May 26, 2017
    Depending on the game I dont care about Story Spoilers,I think it should be pretty clear that some games like Super Mario Bros dont have the most complex plots of all times.
    And even with games that have a actual complicated Story,I dont really care about Story spoilers.I only dislike it if post early game content is revealed or secrets that are supposed to be hard to find are revealed.
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