I remember reading a book, many moons ago, which was set in the early 1800s. If memory serves, the protagonist was a man in his early twenties, and while attending a dance, a young woman caught his eye. Amidst his description of her, he said something akin to “her dress was modest, yet showing just enough ankle to be interesting.” My point in bringing this up is that, just as different people might have varying viewpoints on what is or isn’t modest, or “interesting,” people will have differing opinions on how much information they want on upcoming movies or games.
There are three reasons I’m addressing this now. The first would be the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. While I imagine that I’m as excited for this movie as anyone, and while we have posted more trailers for this movie than any other on our trailers page, there are (to my knowledge) more trailers that we haven’t posted than those that we have. Marvel is putting out an exceptional amount of content on this movie, but we won’t be posting it here because…well…all due respect to Marvel, but we want you to be able to enjoy the movie. It’s one thing to generate hype, but it’s another entirely to show off the best action scenes, or answer too many plot questions, or reveal major plot twists before the movie is out.
Speaking of plot twists, this leads to the second reason. A very exciting trailer was just released for Terminator: Genisys. On the one hand, I’m strongly tempted to post the trailer on the website, because the powers that be clearly didn’t mind sharing this spoiler (almost every site reporting on the trailer uses the word spoilers, which is pretty sad given that it’s, you know, an official trailer). Also, the trailer is freakin’ awesome. But it also contains information which destroys what could have been an amazing plot twist within the movie. What could have, in my view, been as big of a twist as the ending of The Sixth Sense, has now been reduced to another plot point in the movie, common knowledge before we get to the ticket stand.
While the first two probably would have been enough, but the impassioned plea of Andrew Reiner, executive editor of Game Informer, and co-author of Prime, suggested that I’m not the only one who is concerned with the glut of spoilers being thrown around.
I know you news people are reading this. NO STAR WARS SPOILERS! For this one thing, don't be an ass.
— Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner) April 13, 2015
Perhaps I’m deluding myself. We do live in an age where social media expands the reach of traditional media, as well as less official sources, and where just about everyone has access to just about everything. As an example of this, even though the new season of Game of Thrones premiered just Sunday night, the first four episodes of the season leaked online before the initial episode was broadcast.
Ultimately, for those who just can’t live without the information, it’s out there for you to find. You’re welcome to do it, it’s your prerogative. If some of our contributors want to showcase spoilers on their own channels, they are free to do so. But as for the official Agents of Game website, we will take great pains to walk the thin line of providing quality information and resources without going so far as to detract from your enjoyment of upcoming movies and games. Or, as the old line goes…we could tell you, but then we’d have to kill you.