No matter when you joined the internet, if you?re reading this in 2016, you?ve probably had something spoiled for you. It may have been a game you never intended to check out in the first place, or one you were hyping up for months only to be ruined by some anonymous user in some comments section from a far flung website, but either way it sucks, since no one wants a story spoiled for them before they?ve had the chance to experience it.
Sadly, however, spoiling things for others seems to be the internet?s new favourite pastime, with countless films, games and TV shows all having had their biggest moments cropped and superimposed on completely unrelated forums, videos, and comments sections for unsuspecting browsers to fall victim to. It sucks, but there isn?t really anything that can be done to combat the problem apart from abandoning the internet altogether.
Literature has always been spoilable in one sentence. It may be more difficult for titles that follow a non-linear narrative (like Fallout or Skyrim for instance), but all it takes is one line for someone to completely ruin a main twist or ending, and in turn the journey it takes to get there.
It doesn?t even matter if a game is brand new ? the new rule seems to be ?If you haven?t got around to playing it immediately, it?s your own fault?, and that?s just plain wrong.
Ironically, the only way to address this stuff is to deal in spoilers, so there?ll be plenty of them from here on in.
10. Batman: Arkham Origins
The major spoiler: Black Mask was the Joker
This one blindsided pretty much everyone when Arkham Origins released at the end of 2013, and it?s easy to see why.
In the run up to the game?s release, Canadian developers Warner Bros. Montreal had remained adamant throughout the marketing period that it would be Black Mask, not Joker, who would occupy the role of the game?s primary antagonist. So, when that premise was shifted totally on its head about three hours into the title?s story by revealing that it was Joker, not Roman Sionis as we thought, who had in fact orchestrated the bounty on Batman?s head, it proved to be a bit of a shocking moment.
With the spoiler taking place so early on in the game, it gave plenty of time for trolls to play through and begin a merciless campaign on message boards informing people of the twist. Black Mask ended up being little more than a distraction to the main events of the story, and whilst that may have benefitted the narrative superbly, it only provided ammunition for people hoping to spoil the title?s story for others.