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Inescapable, and unavoidable. 

Over the last few days, the S-word has surfaced on my Twitter feed. One of the two major data mining site’s been sticking Spoilers on their front pages (all deliberately and clearly marked, no complaints there) in reference to some fairly huge plot points that have surfaced in the Legion Alpha. Of course, with them sitting there on the front page? People end up reading them, and then they get upset and complain they’ve been spoilt. I’m sorry folks, you only have yourself to blame. MMO Champion’s only doing its job, and reporting what has been found. These Spoilers are clearly marked as much: if you read them, don’t shoot the messenger.

This is what happens before EVERY SINGLE EXPANSION.

It happens. It just DOES.

It has been discussed in certain quarters that with the way the world now operates, and with the speed at which information disseminates, Blizzard are in an untenable position when it comes to keeping the ‘surprise’ of a new Expansion’s plotline under wraps, especially if testing starts long before the game is actually released. To this, I can say with utter confidence that it doesn’t matter one iota. Who actually gets to see spoilers is a subject for much contention, and how people are spoiled has become highlighted by that Star Wars movie. Only when millions upon millions of people are talking about something does the potential for it to be ruined become an actual likelihood. My husband was spoilt for The Force Awakens by, of all people, my daughter, who had no idea the plot point she told him was a spoiler to begin with. It isn’t the information that’s the problem, it’s how other people interpret the data. Then, it’s how those same individuals decide to distribute their interpretation as a result.

You’d need a far better advertised place than either Wowhead or MMO to ensure you upset the maximum number of people, and then you’d need an awful lot of people to actually be paying attention.

Telling me it is is okay, JUST DON’T GO THERE.

If all you can find to complain about in the quiet bit before the Alpha returns is what Blizzard are making? Honestly, we have nothing to say to each other. I’m in the business of telling it how it is, and I’m not going to cover the stuff I know will be spoilery for people, and I’ll take the hit for myself. It’s no big deal, that’s one of the things you do when your job is to write about the game. People need to make their own choices and, most crucially, they need to stop telling other people what they can and cannot do. At no point have I seen anyone deliberately turning up in my feed with any malicious intent: should it happen? Expect swift and uncompromising removal. That’s how virtual life works: if you don’t like something, you can remove it.

Please don’t blame people for doing their jobs when you’re the one who made the choice.

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