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Statute of limitations on spoliers
« on: December 29, 2016, 04:05:29 PM »
How long does a game have to be out before we can stop worrying about whether or not talking about plot details is "spoiling" what happens?

3 years?

5 years?

indefinitely?

it seems pretty stupid to worry about whether or not I'm spoiling the plot to Final Fantasy IX when it came out 16 years ago, but it would be pretty helpful to have this established in common areas like the haps or the game journal.

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Re: Statute of limitations on spoliers
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2016, 04:13:17 PM »
It's tough. You'll really just have to use your best judgement and keep other people in mind.

The game journal, in my opinion should be wary of open spoilers. It covers so many games from so many era's, people might have them in a backlog and are going to play them. It's a popular thread and saying "Don't come here then if you don't want spoilered" isn't very realistic.


If a game isn't brand new (older than 1 year) then I think a dedicated topic about the game, or the franchise it comes from, can be a little more lax with the spoilers, but still keep any huge ones properly marked.
« Last Edit: December 29, 2016, 04:16:34 PM by Starmongoose »


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Re: Statute of limitations on spoliers
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2016, 07:18:07 PM »
The way I see it, in generalized topics I code/tag my spoilers. 

However, in my playlogs (like the one I did for Chrono Cross) I see no reason to tag spoilers. 
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Re: Statute of limitations on spoliers
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2016, 01:03:01 AM »
My personal philosophy matches Dincrest's. Even for old games, as Starmongoose says, folks may still have them in their backlog, RPGs being the length they are.  Better to err on the side of caution, in my opinion, so I'd tag spoilers even for an older game in threads like the general game journal.

But at the same time, if you're in someone's FFXV journal thread, you'd better expect spoilers for FFXV. :)
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Re: Statute of limitations on spoliers
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2017, 11:02:29 AM »
I know I'm gonna be the one on my own in this camp, but I feel like if you haven't beaten a game within a year of its release, you don't care about it or don't intend to beat it, and as such should not complain about spoilers. Almost all of us work 5 days a week and find enough time to get our game fix in, and prioritize games we want to beat vs games we care less about. Why should I have to limit what I say because you spent 20 years saying "I'll get to Chrono Trigger next month I swear". In a general topic about a game or franchise, spoilers will be pretty much guaranteed, so if you want to remain untainted about the story of a game, you should avoid checking the topic out. I'm perfectly fine getting spoiled in a topic, so I'm again probably solo in this mindset, but I'm just saying...world shouldn't revolve around 1 person.

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Re: Statute of limitations on spoliers
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2017, 11:27:38 AM »
probably solo in this mindset, but I'm just saying...world shouldn't revolve around 1 person.

er... o_O

Those who don't care about spoilers spare half a thought and 5 seconds of typing to make a spoiler tag

vs.

Those who do care about spoilers stop reading the forums

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Re: Statute of limitations on spoliers
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2017, 07:51:34 AM »
I know I'm gonna be the one on my own in this camp, but I feel like if you haven't beaten a game within a year of its release, you don't care about it or don't intend to beat it, and as such should not complain about spoilers.

Or you simply haven't heard of it yet. There are so many games coming out, it's impossible to keep track of everything that might interest you. This one-year-rule might work for triple A titles like Final Fantasy XV, but you don't typically hear about games like Sinless, We Know the Devil or Read Only Memories unless someone happens to mention them.