Spoiler Alert

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Prans, Aug 21, 2015.


    Hold your horses. I’m not going to spoil the next MGS plot line or who dies next in Game of Thrones. But it’s hard these days not to be spoiled about anything. Who’s to blame? Well, the internet, social media, your friends and… yourself!

    The internet is a tool that spoils us. Literally. The endless ‘leaks’ of upcoming smartphones has ridiculed launch events to a point that some consider them redundant. We’ve also grown to accept it as a sort of ritual for each year’s E3 to have 'leaked' scripts of Nintendo games to be announced. All of these raise the question: do we have to accept being spoiled while we browse online? Is it an integral part of it?

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    We use social media for various reasons. To connect with friends, keep in touch with news and… getting spoiled? Remember that massive spoiler from The Walking Dead’s official facebook page? I'm sure you must have had other similar personal experiences, be it via your friends' or other pages' feeds/tweets. Don't these actions question our reason to be hyped about anything?

    What about our friends? They might be spoiler-friendly and casually drop the twist of a game’s plot during a conversation. Do you have to explicitly tell them you are spoiler-friendly/unfriendly? In extreme cases, will it lead to us redefining our circle of friends?

    How to protect yourself from spoilers? Well, it’s actually your responsibility. You could tell your friends about it if you are having a conversation prone to involve spoilers. On social media, you could unfollow or stop receiving feeds from people and/or pages that post news you don’t want to hear beforehand. You could also get yourself up-to-date. Watch that episode, play that game, read that book... It would get many happy and keep conversations longer and more interesting.


    Spoilers can be more a choice or an unintentional mistake than a thing to be avoided at all cost. It’s the internet people. Protect yourselves!
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    Discussion (42 replies)
  1. DinohScene

    DinohScene Feed Dino to the Sharks

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    Oct 11, 2011
    People will spoil everything and anything.
    That's why they are people.

    I actually don't mind spoilers much, for series or games.
    I mostly end up forgetting the "spoiled" parts before I reach it ;')
  2. chavosaur

    chavosaur Austin Trujillo

    Mar 11, 2012
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    Or do what I do. Eradicate people that post spoilers one by one until none of them exist anymore. :p1ng:
  3. vayanui8

    vayanui8 GBAtemp Maniac

    Nov 11, 2013
    United States
    I tend to get spoiled in extremely annoying places. Its not uncommon to be listening to a soundtrack on youtube and then see the first comment be a spoiler for the ending. Its very irritating.
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  4. grossaffe

    grossaffe GBAtemp Addict

    May 5, 2013
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    Great, I was looking forward to seeing how you dealt with spoilers and now you've ruined it!
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  5. XrosBlader821

    XrosBlader821 Digimon Tamer

    Feb 1, 2014
    Is this a coincidence that you chose to talk about protecting yourself from spoilers on the very same day Total Buscuit uploaded a 1:30 long video discussing about Spoilers by choice?
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  6. Harsky

    Harsky Madmin

    Aug 2, 2004
    One of my first brush with spoilers that actually sent me into a shit rage was back when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released and I spent a week waiting for my sister to finish reading it and then spending 3 days reading reaching the half way point because of schoolwork.

    "Friend" heard I was reading it and said, "so I finished reading it last week..."
    "Yeah, don't spoil it please"
    "AND ______ DIES".

    16 years old and I was pretty much screaming at what a complete bastard he was for saying it. Fast forward to last week and I was driving home from work and the local radio DJ just suddenly drops a, "oh man, I can't believe ______ got kicked out from Great British Bake Off" which is my current guilty pleasure and I was driving home to watch it on my DVR from work. Never thought I'd be screaming at the radio over a baking show.

    TL;DR spoilers gonna spoil
  7. TecXero

    TecXero Technovert

    Apr 13, 2014
    United States
    I didn't know that was an issue people faced. Then again, this site is the closest I visit that could probably be classified as social media. I do have a twitter account, but that's mostly to keep up on Smealum's work. I never really found facebook or anything like that interesting. I generally only access the internet when I have a reason to. So I never run into that issue.
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  8. Tomato Hentai

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    Oct 30, 2014
    I had the ending of MOTHER 3 spoiled for me on a video for some song from SSBB's soundtrack, and it wasn't even a MOTHER-series related song. :/
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  9. bkifft

    bkifft avowed Cuthwaldian

    Jun 10, 2010
    Gambia, The
    Question: From which point on can one assume that a piece of information isn't a spoiler any more?

    Does one need to do spoiler warnings for the ending of Witcher 3? What about the ending of Return of the Jedi?
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  10. king_leo

    king_leo Real Hero

    Sep 12, 2009
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    I just avoid image boards and unfollow any pages on social media likely to spoil the content. (This is personally directed at MGS V which I really don't want spolied)
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  11. Margen67

    Margen67 Dirty entited pirate

    Nov 3, 2014
    United States
    Speaking of spoilers..
    I'm really glad I finished Breaking Bad.
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  12. grossaffe

    grossaffe GBAtemp Addict

    May 5, 2013
    United States
    I know, right? Who saw it coming that the main character was Bryan Cranston the whole time?
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  13. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

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    Apr 4, 2006
    Research has shown that having a story spoiled beforehand doesn't affect the subjective enjoyment of the story, it's just annoying: http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/archive/newsrel/soc/2011_08spoilers.asp

    The anticipation of learning how a particular ending came about is also enjoyable, which is why we are able to watch historical movies even though we (obviously) know how they end, or adaptations of works we've already consumed in a different medium, or re-read, re-watch or re-play content, even though we've already effectively spoiled it for ourselves.

    I would say that even if spoilers don't diminish enjoyment of a work, they ruin the moment/hour/day of mindfuck when you're presented with a particularly grand reveal and you're replaying the work in your head trying to recall any hints and clues pointing to such a turn (or scowling at the fact the turn came completely out of nowhere and it was a total ass-pull). If a work merits another go (or several dozen goes - don't judge me), knowing the ending obviously doesn't matter in the long run, but spoilers rob you of the first read-, watch-, play-through and that's irksome I guess.

    My girlfriend (at the time) did this to me :lol: Oh well [spoiler alert!] I married her anyway :ha:
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  14. MrJason005

    MrJason005 √2

    Nov 26, 2014
    I remember when Miracle Mask and Azran Legacy came out, I did not play them for 1 year until I got my 3DS.
    It was tempting to just look up a Let's Play, but the sheer shock and surprise at the endings for both of those games was worth it.
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  15. Prans

    Prans Geek, gamer, human

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    Apr 22, 2012
    There itself.
    @vayanui8 Oh, I know this too well. It irritated me so much that I've become more patient to watch the full video first and then reading the comments.

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    Wowowowow. Who's Total Biscuit and why are they stealing my editorial topic?

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    @Harsky awww, we all understand your feels! Even the radio! We aren't safe from spoilers anywhere!!!

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    @TecXero wow! Lucky you! And from what you've written, your friends must also be pretty decent not to spoil you about anything!

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    @Tomato Hentai Spoilers can't be predicted. They come from anywhere and everywhere! Stay safe!

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    Interesting point. Do we need to set a time frame for what can or cannot be spoiled? Many people might be thinking "You've probably read that book or seen that episode or that movie, it's so old, so there's no way to ruin anything." But that's over-generalization. People might have stayed away from said old material due to various reasons. Want to discuss about it? Ask your friend if he's up-to-date and if not, lend him/her your copy and have some coffee over it later on.

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    Thanks for the research link! It's pretty interesting!

    As you said, spoilers might get us a reason to watch/play/read the spoiled material but it definitely steals the pleasure to discover it by ourselves. Something that cannot be undone.
  16. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my posts...it's over 9000!!!

    Nov 17, 2008
    you forgot the spoiler tags :creep:
  17. TecXero

    TecXero Technovert

    Apr 13, 2014
    United States
    I guess I did almost have an issue with a friend almost spoiling the Green Lantern animated series, but I caught him before he said anything major. We tend to be very gaming and comic oriented, and it's no fun nerding out about something without the person being able to nerd out with you. Overall, the thought of them spoiling something hasn't really crossed my mind. I have been waiting for one friend to finish ALBWs but he managed to lose his cartridge.
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  18. Tom Bombadildo

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    I forgot
    I mean, you could just do what I do and not get all butthurt about spoilers. ;O;
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  19. Pecrow

    Pecrow GBAtemp Maniac

    Jun 23, 2015
    United States
    Super Mario Sunshine HD !! THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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