When spoiling games isn’t okay

Hey, Gamers. This is a shorter post but it’s one that I know at least one person out there is expecting. So you guys know that I’m playing through Persona 5 Strikers over on Twitch. I’ve gone into this game as blind as possible (which has caused issues that I’ll talk about again soon) and the other day, someone messaged me on Instagram giving me fake spoilers for the game. So after crying about it for like an hour, I asked my partner to confirm the spoiler, and he told me it was fake. So it was all fine… but it wasn’t, because what happened was not okay. So, apparently some people need to know when spoilers are spoilers and then it’s okay to talk about a game openly… so that’s this post.

SPOILER WARNING: I will be talking about twists in the following games so I recommend you play through them fully before reading this post (unless you’re not interested in the game, of course): Persona 5 Royal, Persona 5, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Detroit Become Human. I’ll try to do it in that order.

So, let’s talk the big one for me: Persona 5 Royal. This is my favourite game and has been since it came out. I’ve written about it a bunch, but not nearly as much as I want to. For those of you who don’t know, I have Dissociative Identity Disorder and I’ve had a few people ask me whether Sumire has DID. I want to do a post on that so bad because it’s a common question in my DMs so obviously people are interested, and it’s a chance for me to spread awareness of a disorder that I have that doesn’t have great awareness already. The issue that I do have is that the game has only been out for a year… and the title itself would give people huge spoilers. So in this case, using my best judgement, I would class everything from the third semester onwards as spoiler territory. Your really do not want to be bringing that stuff up with someone who has just started the game. The thing is, you just wouldn’t spoil the end of the game for someone, and that whole section of the game is basically the end of the game. It’s new, it’s where the twists happen and it’s just amazingly written and I’m trying not to go on about it but to put it plainly: anything from the third semester is spoiler territory and you should ask the person where they’re at in the game before talking to them about how great the twists are.

Looking at the original Persona 5 game… that’s pretty obvious. You should not spoil anything from the police interview onwards. Because that’s end game.

You wouldn’t spoil Arthur Mogan’s death for someone who is still chilling in Valentine as Arthur. You shouldn’t, at least, because you need to let them come to terms with it themselves. Red Dead Redemption 2 is such a beautiful game that is so well written and you should try to stick to before Arthur gets sick to avoid spoilers. But absolutely no telling people who you get to play as after Arthur’s death because, as I’ve said multiple times throughout this post: end game.

Let’s talk about Detroit: Become Human. Now this is tricky because it’s a butterfly effect kind of game (in a similar way that Until Dawn and the Life Is Strange games are… but less butterfly-y). There are, however, main points to the game that probably shouldn’t be spoilt for people. For example, Alice being an android, Markus leading the androids in the fight to freedom.

Look, what I’m trying to say is just don’t be a douche bag, and use your common judgement. Try to be considerate in your language while talking about the end of a game. For example, and I really hate talking about this but there’s a clear spoiler warning, I actually call Sumire ‘Sumi’ as those letters are in ‘Sumire’ and ‘Kasumi’ so I feel like that wouldn’t be a spoiler, it’s just giving someone a nick name. Now I am not saying to be on eggshells when talking to people. I’m just saying… please be more considerate. Video games are a wonderful medium and tell beautiful stories that people should get to experience themselves without the fear of spoilers.

So, that’s it for this post, Gamers. Sorry it’s a day late. Don’t forget to click the like button if you liked this post, follow for more gaming content and if you’re looking for a chill stream channel to watch, Josh and I stream almost everyday over on Twitch @2nerds_1game. Check out my social medias to stay in touch, and leave your thoughts and feelings in the comments. See you next time!

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