So many people in the echo chamber will criticize others for putting up a spoiler tag for Final Fantasy VII. As if it’s unreasonable to do so.
“Wow! Spoiler alert for a 20-year-old game, right gaiz?”
Don’t fall for that.
While it sounds like it makes sense, it really doesn’t. No one is spoiling these games any other reason than to cause disappointment. Media doesn’t have an expiration date or countdown to give away secrets to those who haven’t experienced it. It doesn’t matter whether the game is 5, 10, 50 or 1000 years old. If you haven’t experienced it yet, but want to, it’s new for you. You’d want to experience it the way others did when it was new for them. You shouldn’t have to deal with someone giving away half of the enjoyment just because they were there first.
If you agree to this logic, then follow it to its logical conclusion. Why should someone who beats a game in 2 days spoil it others who got their hands on it next? First come first serve, right? And then that guy should be able to spoil it for other, because s/he beat it first, right?
Common decency tells us we should respect people who see it for the first time.
So if Final Fantasy VII has been around for years. But if you’re ten years old, is it your fault for not being born when it came out?
Most of the time, maliciousness has no logic to it.
How should anyone “just know” something before they play it? Do you see the madness in this line of thinking? They could say “wow, someone’s going to experience what I’ve done years ago – have fun!”. Instead, they blurt it out (“on accident”) to imagine the look of crushing disappointment and frustration on someone’s face.
The world has been around for 4.6 billion years, and when you’re born you’re experiencing it for the first time. Someone shouldn’t just end your life because “spoilers, you were going to die anyway”. You want to experience it for yourself.
Ever wonder why people smirk or angrily defend ruining the end of the game? In either case, they know they’re spoiling the games.
In the former, they’re trolling; it’s like hitting someone with a bat and telling them “well, baseball is a sport know you” – it’s a non-sequitur.
In the latter, they have mind-blindness; they thought everyone knew the facts they’ve had when it’s no sense for them to believe so. Or they lack discipline. Or they just don’t care about anyone but themselves.
Some people say if you want to avoid spoilers, you shouldn’t go to a place where spoilers can happen. In the case of Final Fantasy Forums, we’re looking for information, news or discussion on Final Fantasy. Don’t spoil Final Fantasy.
Just take the effort to tag all spoilers.