Hello everyone, welcome back to this week segment. Hopefully, someone will check this because I think the majority of gamers are already into Pokémon Sword or Shield. The Big question, of course, is “Which version did you pick?” I’d love to hear what choice you made either in the comment section or on my Twitter!
So, I’m talking about some leaks or – if you want to name them like this – spoilers for the already released Pokémon games. I am writing this article in advance, so if you are following me on Twitter a bit more closely and see me tweeting about stuff… Well, you know now why.
And therefore, I have to start the game immediately after getting it. I have to? Yes. I must. Let me explain why.
One option would be to stay away from social media. Gotta be honest with you, I could do that. I try these days and it’s good for me. But I also reached 1,700+ followers on Twitter and… I’d like to keep it that way. I love investing time in my “career” (or whatever you may call it) because it became something so much more and valuable for me.
A few days back typing away this article here, I saw a tweet on my timeline, saying that Facebook or Twitter friends, and fellow human beings you might wanna address as close to you as real-life friends, aren’t as important as the ones actually surrounding you. Well, I gotta say that’s just crap and maybe written by someone who is not very open-minded.
Before I start rambling again, let me say that a lot of Twitter followers became my friends and I value them very much. They post so many things that made me laugh… And sometimes spoil me a bit.
Which is totally fine, because I somehow manage to dodge spoilers/leaks online quite well. Sorry, instructions how to avoid them are not available and probably never will.
The reason I do avoid them sometimes? I do not like to know a lot before starting a game. Which is weird, right? I write reviews, read them and sometimes even watch gameplay/review videos. But only if a game is close to release and I trust people to not be too insensitive to spoil anything in their written or filmed work.
Well, what can I say, I am a complex and strange individual?
Regardless, I hate leaks and spoilers, anything hyping up too much as well. It’s… exhausting. Please keep in mind that this is 100% my opinion and if you do enjoy this kind of content, continue to do so! I am disappointed when knowing to much beforehand, spoiling the fun and sort of exploration in a game.
How do I avoid bad games? I have no idea. I mostly seem to have some sort of sixth sense or whatever. I’m glad I do, though. It’s just hard to avoid anything that might spoil you when you’re active on social media.
Everyone on my timeline will play Pokémon Sword and Shield and hell, they should! I am looking forward to see them on their journey. Meaning they also should post about it. And that is why I must play it on release day as well. In order to not get spoiled.
I’m making my own problems really well and often with this kind of stubborn, stupid principles of mine. I am aware of that. I could make an exception, but then all my hard work of avoiding spoilers like a Ninjask goes down the drain.
Being on social media and always fast-forwarding when a Pokémon segment was covered on a Nintendo Direct, I got around a lot of things. But I somehow did not miss some things. I saw that there was a Mega Pikachu on my feed. As well as a Meowth. And there was some familiar, yet unfamiliar Pokémon at the same time. It even had a title of nobility, if you’d wanna say so. He reminded me of a brave warrior.
How fitting for Sword and Shield.
I knew how the legendary Pokémon will look like even before the cover of both editions was announced. I knew about some gym trainer, but I avoided that topic rather successful in detail. And there it was… The Ponyta. The new one, the unicorn-esque one.
It was adorable, but at the same time it made my eyes water. It’s so beautiful – but yet exclusive to the edition I did not want to get first… Damn you, Game Freak, you knew all along! (Imagine me shaking my fist at the sky here)
Still sticking to Sword, though, I also remember the “spoiler” that was the most bothersome for me: there will only be 400 Pokémon in the game. Which is, still, a ton. Gamers complained online, but I avoided that drama. I know that # F***YouGameFreak and also # ThankYouGameFreak was/is a thing, and I did support the second hashtag, but not the first one. That kind of negativity isn’t something I need when it comes to Pokémon.
And that is what I secretly think and will admit out loud for the first time: Game Freak’s transparency with Pokémon is good – but it’s a shame so many leaks, spoiler or announcement always stir up such a discussion and controversity. Dividing people that love the same franchise. Ranting about some aspect in the game without seeing the whole picture.
The game isn’t tainted if your favorite Pokémon isn’t in there. It’s the overall experience. Of course, you may be missing something. Nonetheless, you could gain something unexpected as well that made missing something not that bad anymore.
That is why I don’t like it too much. I probably would not care too much if there would not be that much negativity attached to it. Sometimes it isn’t, another time it is fine. I also do like to dive deep into a game without knowing anything or barely at all. Knowing that a game’s good is enough for me – I’ll attach to it eventually, I guess.
There are rare cases I did not (Looking at you, Xenoblade Chronicles 2), but it is fine with me. If it happens a fraction of times, I’m good. Otherwise, I’d be broke quickly.
What about you? Do you like spoilers and follow up a game closely you think you’d like or a franchise you loved in the past? Or did it save you from spending money on a game you didn’t like in the end at all?
Next week’s segment: Job hunt & me – or why I never considered working in gaming industry
Stay tuned, thanks for reading and happy gaming!
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