Side-Quest 180. The Fate of Cool Ranch

Hello, and welcome to another episode of Talk This! It’s Dangerous to Podcast Alone. This week, we’re talking about spoiler culture as it relates to video games. So, bit of a spoiler warning!

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The Topic

Screenshot of Abby from TLOU 2

What constitutes a spoiler? Why do we hate them? Why are some people so weird about them in multiple directions? How has spoiler culture permeated how we talk about media? How does apply specifically to video games?

The Actual Discussion

Screenshot of Aerith's death in Final Fantasy VII

We talk about push notifications and the algorithm. We also talk about our personal feelings and experiences towards spoilers, and why individual opinions on spoilers are different than societal mandates on them. Additionally, we talk about how spoiler culture is pushed for by corporations and how it muzzles reviewers from discussing things fully. 

Enjoy the episode! Tell us what you think in the comments or on social media. Make sure to check out last week’s episode and look forward to next week’s where we’re talking about Shadows of the Damned and Immortals of Aveum.

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