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I never fought the final boss in TP because I got bored to death by the second Wolf Link section and dropped the game. So I still consider it to be a spoiler and do not want it to be revealed. There are always many people that never played the game (like Playstation owners) and they should have a chance to enjoy it.

An absolute no-go was the reveal of a major spoiler in the trailers for Xenoblade 3DS, it would have ruined the game for me.



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etking said:

I never fought the final boss in TP because I got bored to death by the second Wolf Link section and dropped the game. So I still consider it to be a spoiler and do not want it to be revealed. There are always many people that never played the game (like Playstation owners) and they should have a chance to enjoy it.

An absolute no-go was the reveal of a major spoiler in the trailers for Xenoblade 3DS, it would have ruined the game for me.

I feel like smash bros spoiledparts of xenoblade for me



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I use the 1 year rule. I consider any spoilers defunct 1 year after release. If you haven't watched, read or played it by then you obviously didn't care very much.



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I use the 1 year rule. I consider any spoilers defunct 1 year after release. If you haven't watched, read or played it by then you obviously didn't care very much.

Same. Its simply not reasonable that I can't talk about Xenoblade Chronicles freely. Who is honestly going to buy a wii, or 3ds and get that game now? 



Don't even know any of the ones listed in the OP

For me though, day 1. I couldn't really care less about spoilers, so if people want to discuss them and I see... eh, don't even care.



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Only when the person in question knows the outcome

Something may not be a spoiler to most people, but for people that do not know, it still would be a spoiler



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mZuzek said:
I think spoilers are timeless. It's stupid to me to think that people think it's "alright" to spoil a game just because it's been a long time since it released. "Stop complaining about spoilers for a 18-year old game!" - yeah, but what if I never played that game and want to experience it the way everyone did 18 years ago?

I completely agree with this. (I even regret coming to this thread, as the "common knowledge" zelda spoilers OP mentioned I did not know about. While not explicitly spoiled I still will view those aspects differently.)

Think of it this way. Every single day there are passionate gamers who play Ocarine of Time for the first time. Or any other old game, and if you just bring up a spoiler out of context it might ruin that experience for those yet to play it. Especially if you think the game is still worth playing, why would you spoil it for someone without warning? And even if you think that something is common knowledge, realize that there might be some people who don't know it yet, but would be interested in playing that game still.

For example I was just starting to go through the Zelda franchise and had been getting through the 2D ones, and was about to move on to Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. There are plenty of people who have not gotten to play many older great games, and especially if you think those games are good and worth playing, be considerate and put a spoiler warning. I personally always avoid spoilers (put spoiler warnings) no matter how old, and if I see a spoiler in some comment sections, I try to warn others to not read the comments that there are spoilers, etc. Because if I have managed to save at least one person from having a good game spoiled that they would still play later, it is worth it. And I appreciate it greatly the other way around as well.



I think its fair to freely share unmarked spoilers in related discussion after 1-3 years, but in unrelated discussion it's never okay, IMO. I had a major character death from Gurren Lagann randomly spoiled for me in the comments section of a Justice League clip. That's just not okay in my book. Sure, the show was years old at that point, but it was new to me!



When you've become a part of the majority that have already played said game. That or you don't lose your soul for knowing one spoiler.