I was at Wikipedia looking up a manga raistlinbrown mentioned (I've recently been surprised and amused to discover that over the past four years I've been slowly becoming otaku, but that's another post) and made the mistake of looking up Persona 3.
James got Persona 3 a couple of weeks ago, and I was not that into the battles but kind of fascinated by the Japanese high-school sim aspects of the game, to the point where I insisted on watching him play those. (I dubbed one NPC his boyfriend. Then I made fun of the character when he said he was going to study at home instead of the library so he could watch TV while studying. James responded with a bemused "yep, that's my boyfriend." Isn't he cute?) After a while James suggested that I could play through the game doing the sim elements and he could play the battles for me, the next day he thought that maybe I should just play the sim elements on his game, then the day after that I started my own game and he hasn't gotten to touch it since. So for the past week I've been eating, breathing, sleeping and pooping Persona 3.
So what did I do, because I'm a compulsive dumbass who does dumbass things I know I shouldn't do like pick at scabs? I read the entry. So now I know all sorts of plot twists that would have shocked the hell out of me IF I HADN'T GONE AND READ THEM. James is making fun of me. And bringing up the fact that I skipped to the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (I had my reasons, please stop throwing rocks at me. You too, JK Rowling. Think of it as a compliment).
He asked if I was still going to finish it. I replied "of course I am!" as if I thought it a silly question, which of course it
absolutely is. Sure, in this case I do wish I hadn't gone and spoiled things, but I honestly don't think it'll have a huge impact on my enjoyment of the game.
And of course, this leads us to spoilers.
James abhors spoilers. In the past I've told James small spoilers for Smallville, thinking he would be excited at the sneak peek, and he's totally flown off the handle*.
I, on the other hand, grew up on Days of Our Lives. For Days fans, spoiler-hunting is a celebrated sport (probably because the show moves SO DAMN SLOWLY that you have to know a good payoff's coming or you'll switch to C-SPAN out of sheer frustration**). Spoilers are in every soap magazine, usually on the cover. They're part of the fun.
So, I ask you: Are spoilers cheating, or good new-fangled scour-the-intarwub fun? Someone, I think it was invadersteven , said that spoilers don't ruin the fun because then you have the pleasure of seeing how the work gets to the conclusion. Though I'll admit, I've been having to practice extreme self-control to avoid Bleach spoilers.
Of course, James downloads the new episodes from Japan, so that means I also have to practice self-control not to spoil 10dimensions and eaterofgodz***.
So I ask you, friends:
(Actually, I need to ask a different question: How do I embed a poll in a post I've already written? Like right here?)
Also, streamweaver once expressed that there should be a statute of limitations on spoilers, and I have to agree (even though at the time he had just spoiled Serenity for me, it was months and months after the movie came out****). I really don't think people should have complained about me describing the "Snape kills Dumbledore on page 556, there, I just saved you $20 and 8 hours" the week before Book 7 came out.
Finally, for those of you who remember Star Wars from the original theatrical releases: Did you realize that for me, Darth Vader has always been Luke's dad?
* Keep in mind this is James we're talking about, so "flying off the handle" is saying the following in an incredulous high-pitched tone of voice: "WHY did you tell me that?!"
** Incidentally, James loves C-SPAN.
*** Actually, it's enlightened self-interest. Julie might smack me.
**** As opposed to now, when that movie simply does not exist. Do you hear me? WE DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THE EXISTENCE OF THAT MOVIE.