We all hate spoilers. You pick up a well-known book, game or movie and someone decides to go ahead and spoil the ending for you. They tell you how someone dies, what happens to the ring in the end or who become infected.
He or she siphons the excitement out of you, leaving you with a cold empty feeling in your chest. And yet it hurts, pangs of pain pulses from your heart and weakens your entire body. Your soul hurts, your body hates itself and you wish you could just end it all, as those insufferable words echo yet again in your head. This is hell.
So what can you do to make yourself feel better?
Sheldon Cooper: You told me it’s mind-blowing, so my mind is going into it pre-blown, and once a mind is *pre*-blown, it cannot be *re*-blown.
Well… someone did ruin the endings of both Portal 1 and Portal 2 for me, and almost did it again with Metro2033. Almost. Phew, dodged a bullet there. Then again, there were surprises that happened along the way within the game that I did not expect. You might say that I was lucky not completely spoiled with the story. Maybe.
But the thing is, even if you know the ending, if the game is so well crafted you would still be caught off your guard in the midst of the plot twists by a thriller. Do not overvalue the pleasure of the shocking ending at the expense of those smaller astonishment along the way. Sure, people say that suspense contributes greatly to how much you would enjoy the game, book or movie, but sometimes people find that removing the suspense could allow you to enjoy the book from a different perspective.
True, we will never experience what the writers and the developers wanted us to experience, knowing the ending before reading it diminishes you and the effort the artist/developer made to crave that masterpiece.
But think about it this way; perhaps you are enjoying the story in the shoes of the author now. Sure, its different, but its going to be a hell of a ride no matter where you end up.
If there is one thing you need to remember even after someone spoiled your story, let it be this: No spoiler can truly ruin a masterpiece.
That is why we do re-reads, re-watches and re-plays.
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