The Daily Grind: Do you care about spoilers or surprises in MMOs?

    
110

My friends and I were debating the merits of spoilers the other day, and I came to realize that as per usual, I was the only person in the group who didn’t care about being spoiled.

In my opinion, surprise is overrated when it comes to entertainment because if you’re playing a game with quality mechanics or a game with a story that you connect with emotionally on some level, it’s still going to be a game with quality mechanics or an emotionally involving game regardless of whether it’s the first or the 51st time that you’ve played it. If the game in question relies chiefly on a narrative twist, though, it’s a one-trick pony and probably not worth revisiting.

Which is why I always scratch my head when people get all crazy about avoiding spoilers. What about you MOP readers? Do you care about spoilers or being surprised when it comes to your games or other entertainment? If so, why?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
SwobyJ
Guest
SwobyJ

Mostly, no. But sometimes. Examples:
-In RIFT, I’ll gladly hear about most of a new questline/zone/etc, but I’d rather experience the end point of it myself. I don’t need to, but I’d rather.
-SWTOR finally has me caring about spoilers. I didn’t mind watching KOTFE Chapter 1-9 on Youtube, but each Chapter after that will be progressively easier for me to resist watching before actually playing.
-TSW has me feeling icky if I watched a mission on Youtube before playing it. Its not the same!

So on a scale of 1-5 in caring about spoilers, whereas for other games I may be more like 2-3 overall, MMOs I’m 1-2/5. I can care a little, even quite a bit about specific things, but not overall.

ZenDadaist
Guest
ZenDadaist

It depends on how much I care about the story, or the quest to be honest. I avoided spoilers for The Park like the plague because that would have really annoyed me and ruined it. I avoid spoilers for TSW investigation missions as well because I like to figure these things out. In fact I avoid spoilers for all the TSW stuff (except mechanics for dungeons and raids). I’m way less bothered about who dies and where you have to go for stuff in other games.

crackfox
Guest
crackfox

I do care. It’s bad enough when other players reveal spoilers in general chat, but in my bug-ridden MMO of choice, ESO, the npcs have recently taken to haranguing me for actions that my character is evidently destined to perform.

ManastuUtakata
Guest
ManastuUtakata

schlag sweetleaf ManastuUtakata 
Yeah…I sorta walked into that one with my eyes and pigtails wide open. :(

Estranged
Guest
Estranged

Well, we all have our natural personality type. For instance, I’m not big on presents or holidays at all. :-)

schlag sweetleaf
Guest
schlag sweetleaf

ManastuUtakata schlag sweetleaf

Denngar
Guest
Denngar

I kind of roleplay, so yes. For example, in SWTOR, I made choices based on who I thought my character was, not light or darkside points. I did check a few out when the wording seemed vague, but otherwise, I avoided them. I still don’t know who the emperor is/was.

However, the thing is, in certain games, the “surprise” is required. Without any spoilers, Undertale strongly comes to mind. If you read spoilers, you may play the “right way” from the start. There’s still a lot of emotional encounters, but a big part of the game is failing and seeing how the game reacts to your failures (and even your attempts to cheat to avoid them, so if you watch someone streaming, the game actually calls you and the streamer out on it).

That’s why I feel like spoilers are a bigger deal with games, at least, with ones that take advantage of the medium. Games are interactive. We don’t say, “My character got killed by the boss,” it’s “I died.” That’s a HUGE difference.

JayBezzOfficial
Guest
JayBezzOfficial

As a player who is always IC when in-game I greatly hate spoilers.

Telwar
Guest
Telwar

Kind of.
I try to avoid story spoilers, but mechanics I seek out.

Telwar
Guest
Telwar

Bear in mind his character’s career died in The Martian. So it sort of counts.