So apparently some of the big chain stores will be selling Red Dead Redemption 2 early, say around 9pm on Thursday night. This means that the internet will have (at least)three extra hours on us normal folk, who dare to acquire the game on its actual release day and enjoy it after a day of work.
I already knew that this game would be spoiled for me unless I self-invoked a social media blackout, and this pretty much ensures that something within that game will be ruined for me Friday, possibly as early as the moment I log on to the internet. I guess it’s unavoidable, but I just wonder why there isn’t more community policing of spoilers in video games. It seems like a day or two after a game is released, you can take all the screen shots and video that you want. Meanwhile most of us haven’t played more than a few hours.
It’s that “First!” mentality that just drives me crazy. If something funny or unusual happens in a game, like a bug, of course there’s an urge to upload it and show everyone. If the bug occurred 12 hours in and the game has been out for a day and a half though? It would be nice if people showed a little more discretion. Maybe I’m just too sensitive to minor spoilers. I just don’t like seeing areas or enemies or just about anything that are revealed more than halfway through the game. More to the point, I don’t like when those things are plastered across social media when it’s clear that most people haven’t gotten that far yet.
For comparison: I very much enjoy the unwritten rules about movie and TV spoilers being posted online. For at least a couple of weeks, there seems to be an unspoken moratorium on anything that might give away obvious plot points. A little while later you can expect things to be spoiled fairly often, especially if you’re clicking on an article or post beyond its headline. After that, the attitude is basically “Look, by this point you’ve had a legitimate chance to catch up. We’re going to discuss everything out in the open now”, and I think that’s completely fair.
Again, maybe I’m just too darn sensitive to minor spoilers. It would just be nice to still experience the game for myself if, shocker, other things in life come up and I’m not playing the game for 4+ hours a day, every day, starting with game’s release. Of course, resisting the urge to peruse social media for a little while is far from the worst thing in the world, and I’ll probably have to give it a shot in this case.