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*Spoiler Alert* This blog does not contain any actual spoilers from video games. *End of Spoiler Alert*
We've all been there. A game has recently been released that you are
excited for, but for some reason you are unable to pick up the game on
day one. You don't have the money, you're car is in the shop, Grandma
needs help with something or if you're like me you're console is broken.
Either way, something comes up and you are missing out on an experience
that others are already enjoying. In a matter of seconds the internet
will be filled with juicy plot moments from the game and if you're not
careful you will be....Spoiled!
Information gets passed around fast these
days with services such as forums, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter just to
name a few. So you need to protect yourself. I'm just going to talk about forums and blogs mostly since
that's where I go to to talk video games.
Now there is this thing called "poster courtesy" or "courtesy
posting" where a user puts *Spoiler Alert* before discussing major plot
points in a game. This is to keep the reader that hasn't played or
finished the game from seeing information they don't want to see. It's a
very nice thing to do and will keep you protected from anyone saying
you ruined the game for them. Everyone has been spoiled at least once in
their life and what is the usual reaction? Rage! A storm of anger
rushing through your veins towards the jerk that didn't put *Spoiler
Alert* in his or her post to warn you before hand.
Is this reaction
accurate? Probably yes, but is it right to be angry at that person? I'm
Over the years of posting on forums I've seen many
users attack another user for not putting the *Spoiler Alert* tag in
their post. It's understandable that you are upset for having the game
ruined for you, but you can't blame it on that person. Now I'm talking
about when you go to a thread in a forum where the subject is to discuss
a certain game. Such as a thread for Skyrim or Uncharted. Same goes for
blogs where the poster makes it known right away what game they are
talking about. Not when you're in a sports forum and some random user
posts the ending to Uncharted. Those users are trolls and need to be
crushed and devoured as soon as possible.
If you haven't
played/finished a game and you decide to go into a thread discussing it
you are taking a big risk. I think relatively everyone understands that
posting spoilers is frowned upon, but that doesn't mean they're not
allowed to. It's not a user's responsibility to put the *Spoiler Alert*
tag in their post. You're in a thread discussing a certain game. People
should be able to discuss everything about that game in there without
worrying that a user will come after them with fire and pitchforks.
Putting that tag in your post is appreciated and usually encouraged in
communities, mainly to cut down on conflict, but it's not
necessary. If you care about a game enough that you would be upset if it
was spoiled to you then it's really your own fault for going into those
threads or blogs. So don't take it out on the person that posted the
This is just meant towards people that feel like you
have to put the *Spoiler Alert* tag or you are breaking some kind of
law. I've run into a number of users that believe a person should be
punished if they discuss plot points in a game without posting that tag
first. In which I proceed to laugh in their face. So if this happens to you sometime in the future please
don't take it out on the poster. Just realize that you messed up for
putting yourself in that situation and move on. Besides, they didn't
force you to read their post.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
Happy posting! :)