One of the core rules I follow in writing this blog is to avoid spoilers as much as possible. This can be quite a limitation on the styles and content of posts that I want to write but it’s a rule I stick to because this issue matters to me for my own gameplay enjoyment. I play MMORPGs for the combination of shared story and exploration that the genre uniquely provides.
Beyond limiting the topic or what I chose to write about a topic it also impacts my reading choices on occasion as well. There are multiple series of very interesting blog posts that I have to bookmark for another day because of the inherent spoilers they contain. For example Shintar at Going Commando has excellent class story reviews, but I’ve only read Consular and Trooper so far as they are the only class stories I’ve completed. I used to read Syp of Bio Break‘s coverage of The Secret World out of general interest in all things MMO, but now I’ve been playing the game I have to selectively skip entries if they’re about content I haven’t tried yet.
Avoiding spoilers can become pretty tiring really as you have to often sign out of global chat or maybe even guild chat if your guild has no rules about avoiding spoilers. It can even affect other media such as whether you chose to listen to podcasts or live streams – for example we had to stop listening to an episode of the Blizzard Watch podcast recently because the hosts started talking in detail about some WoW quest chains we’d not done together.
Sometimes spoilers can at least signpost something you’ve missed: I spotted from blog posts about the Halloween event this year in The Secret World that there is a new investigation mission to do, but we haven’t had the chance to play it yet so I’ve not read the posts in full. Do you care about gaming spoilers in the choices of MMO coverage or media that you follow?