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Spoiler Alert!

If you don't watch your mouth I'll break your knees, too.

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I feel the same way about videogames, or at least those that make the story an important part of the game experience. (I'm not sure a shmup is spoiled if you tell someone that the third boss is a giant squid that shoots acid instead of ink.)

... except for Cho Aniki. Please don't spoil anything about that game.
I like seeing people's first Cho face.

i have managed to avoid informing myself about ME2, i hope i will be able to keep this up until i can buy the game

brodie21:
i have managed to avoid informing myself about ME2, i hope i will be able to keep this up until i can buy the game

Well, the biggest bit in the game is when you get attacked by a giant squid.

Make sure no one tells you about that.

factualsquirrel:

brodie21:
i have managed to avoid informing myself about ME2, i hope i will be able to keep this up until i can buy the game

Well, the biggest bit in the game is when you get attacked by a giant squid.

Make sure no one tells you about that.

thanks, asshole...

JK ;)

brodie21:

factualsquirrel:

brodie21:
i have managed to avoid informing myself about ME2, i hope i will be able to keep this up until i can buy the game

Well, the biggest bit in the game is when you get attacked by a giant squid.

Make sure no one tells you about that.

thanks, asshole...

JK ;)

You're welcome.

It would be so fucking awesome if that actually happened in it

factualsquirrel:

brodie21:
i have managed to avoid informing myself about ME2, i hope i will be able to keep this up until i can buy the game

Well, the biggest bit in the game is when you get attacked by a giant squid.

Make sure no one tells you about that.

A) That made me snicker.

B) Your user name also made me snicker.

:D

factualsquirrel:

brodie21:
i have managed to avoid informing myself about ME2, i hope i will be able to keep this up until i can buy the game

Well, the biggest bit in the game is when you get attacked by a giant squid.

Make sure no one tells you about that.

I tried to look away before I realized you were joking.
Nice one.

Susan Arendt:

factualsquirrel:

brodie21:
i have managed to avoid informing myself about ME2, i hope i will be able to keep this up until i can buy the game

Well, the biggest bit in the game is when you get attacked by a giant squid.

Make sure no one tells you about that.

A) That made me snicker.

B) Your user name also made me snicker.

:D

A) I do what I can

B) the microsoft random name generator comes up with a lot of random things

factualsquirrel:

brodie21:

factualsquirrel:

brodie21:
i have managed to avoid informing myself about ME2, i hope i will be able to keep this up until i can buy the game

Well, the biggest bit in the game is when you get attacked by a giant squid.

Make sure no one tells you about that.

thanks, asshole...

JK ;)

You're welcome.

It would be so fucking awesome if that actually happened in it

I'm certain they're saving that for the third game, in which everything but the core gameplay will be changed. They're being very tight-lipped as far as details go, but imagine something similar to Pikmin.

Prophetic Heresy:

factualsquirrel:

brodie21:

factualsquirrel:

brodie21:
i have managed to avoid informing myself about ME2, i hope i will be able to keep this up until i can buy the game

Well, the biggest bit in the game is when you get attacked by a giant squid.

Make sure no one tells you about that.

thanks, asshole...

JK ;)

You're welcome.

It would be so fucking awesome if that actually happened in it

I'm certain they're saving that for the third game, in which everything but the core gameplay will be changed. They're being very tight-lipped as far as details go, but imagine something similar to Pikmin.

Pikmin......

With guns...

Hells yeah.

Susan Arendt:

If you don't watch your mouth I'll break your knees, too.

Two links and a sentence? If you weren't part of the Escapist Committee, you'd be probated for low-content posting.

Anyway, that article was not at all what I expected it to be. The title was very misleading.

Demented Teddy:

factualsquirrel:

brodie21:
i have managed to avoid informing myself about ME2, i hope i will be able to keep this up until i can buy the game

Well, the biggest bit in the game is when you get attacked by a giant squid.

Make sure no one tells you about that.

I tried to look away before I realized you were joking.
Nice one.

haha, me too, I was like:" what's he saying; Well, the biggest bit in the game is - OH NO! *dives to the floor*"

factualsquirrel:
-snip-

We're certainly popular today, aren't we?

OT: Good read, first article I've read in ages.
Have to say, the only time I've been pissed about something like that is when some jerk spoiled the ACII ending for me.

Then I decided "the games already ruined, so what the hell".
Then I went and read every detail I could find

I couldn't agree more. And its been a real pain in the arse trying to avoid Mass Effect 2 spoilers. Especially considering the yanks have had for three days now

My mom watches figure skating. Bores the crap out me. She used to kick me off the TV for it and I was unpleased to say the least. Being a kid though, no say in the matter.

TheNamlessGuy:
We're certainly popular today, aren't we?

Yes, we are.

What's the matter, jealous?

the bit above is not to be taken sriously, the bit below is.

Oh, and I never actually said anything about the article:

Awesome read, I was never really into these before, but I might give them more of a try now.

brodie21:
i have managed to avoid informing myself about ME2, i hope i will be able to keep this up until i can buy the game

Me too, but as I'm not likely to even touch it until it hits the $20 mark, I'm gonna have to be skipping spoiler tags and virtually "covering my ears" for a long, long while.

TheNamlessGuy:

OT: Good read, first article I've read in ages.
Have to say, the only time I've been pissed about something like that is when some jerk spoiled the ACII ending for me.

Then I decided "the games already ruined, so what the hell".
Then I went and read every detail I could find

I do feel really sorry for you. AC2 really catched me off-guard with it's ending and it's one of the things everybody should only recommend without telling too much.
Same principle as with movies for me. If you haven't seen "The Game" with Micheal Douglas yet and somebody tells you how it ends, there is almost no point watching it anymore.

Everytime I see someone spoiling an experience without proper announcement, I always come to think that they were just too lazy to describe the event in terms that wouldn't give away the surprise.

Twists are something I hugely appreciate in every kind of media with a story and as a good one can almost save a mediocre title, a spoilered one is typicall dead on arrival.

I found the story in the article..entralling. In fact, I was subconsciously hoping you wouldn't be spoiled :( It may be all chemistry but so is every feeling..

So did you tell that woman anything or just glared in her general direction? o.0

Chances are I won't be able to play either of the Mass effects anytime soon with my lousy pc but I've still avoided the ME2 spoilers..

I absolutely, 100% HATE, and I mean HATE, spoilers. Whether they be in the trailers for the game, in a review or just some jackass on a forum. I intentionally avoid all media about a game that I'm interested in, from posts on this site, to gameplay videos. Hell, after MW2 I had to stop watching trailers for the damned games.

It's the same way with TV or movies. If I even hear about one part, I'll spend the entire damn movie keeping my eyes out for it, expecting each scene to play into it. Takes away from the full experience, and it gets me enraged.

It's become a lot harder with the internet, especially for gaming. I've read articles here that have contained massive spoilers, which is why I'm even pickier about what I read on this site. I know it's kinda hard, especially after a game comes out, to tailor articles to prevent that kinda thing (especially when controversy comes into play), so I try not to bitch too much, but yeah, it's definitely getting in the way of me wasting time at work.

punkhead58:

Susan Arendt:

If you don't watch your mouth I'll break your knees, too.

Two links and a sentence? If you weren't part of the Escapist Committee, you'd be probated for low-content posting.

Please don't tell me that you've been part of the community for a year and a half and this is the first time you've ventured into the discussion thread for one of our articles?

EMFCRACKSHOT:
I couldn't agree more. And its been a real pain in the arse trying to avoid Mass Effect 2 spoilers. Especially considering the yanks have had for three days now

Its a shame to. Since I only heard parts of the story and still the experience feels soured...

Try to avoid anything you can. The game will be 1000x times better for it.

It also doesn't hurt that it is amazing by itself either, despite things being spoiled ;)

I've never understood people who think spoilers aren't bad. While I certainly value gameplay over story, that doesn't mean you should just come and spoil the ending to me. Luckily most people seem to be sensible about spoilers and avoid posting them. Unless they are, like you said, trying to be a dick.

Though I find that most of the time I spoil things for myself. I spoiled a large majority of Dragon Age: Origins story before I played it. However, that was because I went around opening spoiler tags because I thought I wouldn't play Dragon Age: Origins. I tend to do that with a lot of games. But I'm forcing myself to not do this with Mass Effect 2. The only thing I spoiled for myself were minor things that I had already predicted. I went tinto this game's story mostly blind, and I'm enjoying it much more as a result.

factualsquirrel:
Well, the biggest bit in the game is when you get attacked by a giant squid.

I agree completely, however, my irritation with this is largely directed at Bioware itself, and/or EA, whoever needs to be blamed.

Whatever happen to devs being tight-lipped about storylines? This time around, they leaked every damn bit of detail in official sources all over the place. Even the trailers (awesome as the last one was) revealed far too much about what was going on.

I have reasonable faith in forums, where I can avoid ME2 threads, trust that there will be spoiler alerts, etc. But I do like to check on official reports on the games progress, read about new gameplay mechanics, design choices, etc.. But here, they careless mixed in information about the plot, allies, enemies, etc.., everywhere you looked.

When ME3 comes around, I'm not reading or otherwise looking at everything. I'll fail, but that's the plan.

Well the twist to ME2 is that it was his sled all along!

I liked the article Susan. I admit I get rather displeased when people on the forums don't use the spoiler tags, just assuming that everyone who happens to look in wants to know everything.

After Bioshock 2 is released I am actually going to shy away from the forums regarding the game until I finish it. While it may not be a big deal to some people, it's a big deal to me.

Kinda like when I saw 'The Usual Suspects' for the first time and a little after the half-way point she turns to me and says "So, did you figure out that <name withheld> is Keiser Soze yet?" I looked at her in shock!

Internet Kraken:

Well, the guy was talking about Modern warfare 2, not mass effect 2, so that's technically not correct.

Also, thanks for ruining Mass effect for me, even if I am on of the people you claim not to understand who doesn't care about spoilers.

Susan Arendt:

factualsquirrel:

brodie21:
i have managed to avoid informing myself about ME2, i hope i will be able to keep this up until i can buy the game

Well, the biggest bit in the game is when you get attacked by a giant squid.

Make sure no one tells you about that.

A) That made me snicker.

B) Your user name also made me snicker.

:D

XD! Same.

Althouygh, playing ME2 now and its pretty hawt

The biggest surprise is finding out that Wrex is really Commander Shepard's father. 8O

I definitely know my experience changes when a game has been "spoiled" for me. Instead of being interested in the story, in the back of my mind there's a mental checklist that's getting checked off as I go through it. "Yep, seen that, ok, now that's happened, now I know that x, y, and z are yet to come." Instead of just enjoying the story as it unfolds, I'm subconsciously focusing on looking for the things that will lead me to the x, y, and z that I know I still have on the "to do" list.

The same with movies and their previews, which seem to show more and more, or show you a snip from the thrilling climax or end of the movie. Sure, you don't know how that scene is going to come about, but in the back of your mind, you know it's coming, so you're just waiting for the event to unfold until you finally go, "A-ha, there's the scene." (Which is pretty much how I felt through the entire movie Avatar, even though I'd never seen a preview -- but that's beside the point.)

I still think Darth Maul's double-bladed lightsaber reveal could've been such a "WOW" moment that would've almost made up for all of Jar-Jar Binks's scenes, if it hadn't been spoiled by every trailer, preview clip, poster, game, and toy that was released with or before the movie even hit the big screen.

Maybe that's why, when I played Mass Effect 1, I wasn't impressed with the main story, but some of the side quests and minor plot points intrigued me; because by the time I picked it up (over a year after its release), the main story had been discussed to death while the secondaries were barely mentioned. I also thought the sex/relationship moment was pretty extraneous, but again, it might've had something to do with the fact that I knew it was coming, I knew it wasn't that big of a deal, and that checklist in the back of my mind was just ticking things off until it got to the "ok, there's the scene, get your achievement, now back to the game" step.

Funny you mention this, as Bioware themselfs add spoilers to pretty much every advert/promo they ever put out about this game(and Dragon Age: Origins).

Like this;

"AND GUYS, SHEPARD DIES... OR MAAAAYBE HE DOESN'T!

... AND THEN HE...!"

I want to play the game, THEN find out... god damn it, sometimes I hate Bioware for robbing the fun from their own games.

I have to wait ANOTHER week for my game(Collectors edition) because I'm a European :(

Logan Westbrook:

Please don't tell me that you've been part of the community for a year and a half and this is the first time you've ventured into the discussion thread for one of our articles?

Please excuse me, Sir Buzz-Kill, I wasn't aware that I had to use forum mark-up to express the tone of my posts. I apologize.

punkhead58:

[sarcasm]
Two links and a sentence? If you weren't part of the Escapist Committee, you'd be probated for low-content posting.
[/sarcasm]

Happy now?

Nice article. I agree strongly.

I myself am a very whiny person when it comes to spoilers. After I found out the answer to "Do I need to see/play this?" is yes (games, movies or TV series), I really do not want to know a single additional thing. Not the actors, not the story, not the setting, not a single unimportant detail. Every little thing can be seen as a tool used by the creator to at the least help create a certain atmosphere. And it's so much stronger when you can 'discover' those details for yourself :)

I just want to say, if the first time you play Portal you already know GLADoS is supposed to be funny, half the fun is taken away.

Spoilers, are not good things.

When there's a game (like Mass Effect 2) which I'm interested for the story as well as the gameplay, I do not want to know anything about the story.

If it's a game like AVP where I'm buying for the gameplay, then sure, tell me the story

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