Anything Goes: Too Spoil or Not to Spoil? The answer is Yes! (NO UNOFFICIAL SPOILERS)
Hello PUCLonians! Welcome back to another edition of Anything Goes! This week, we have a bit of a treat because Sublime Manic, Whimsicott, and myself are taking on the same topic but from different perspectives. Last week, Sublime wrote about why he loves spoilers and wants to soak up every bit of information that he can before a games release. Make sure you check out his article here. This week, I will be discussing the virtues of spoilers but also where they get a little too extreme. Later this week, Whimsicott will write in “The Fluff” about how she hates spoilers and wishes they weren’t a necessary part of being this deep into the Pokemon fandom. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Spoilers are necessary
Leading up to a game, it is sometimes really hard to not get spoiled. Whether it is from an external source or from the Game Freak itself, there are bits of information that are served up to you on a plate with information that you may or may not want to know before the game. The fact of the matter is some things need to be revealed before hand. As Sublime mentioned in his article, this builds hype for the games and gets people excited! You get to align yourself with what starter you intend to pick and you can start to imagine what your journey will be.
This is a staple going into any game. I think you also need to see some of the new Pokemon leading into a game. Reveals like Mudbray, Beware, and Whimpod are great ways for you to see what kind of things will be in the region.
Even the reveal of Alolan forms is a wonderful idea to help you start to speculate what other things might be coming. The Alolan forms of Exeggutor, Sandshrew, and Meowth are great ideas to help get people ready for what could happen within the games.
At this point, Game Freak should let their audience fantasize about what other forms might show up. You have been given just enough information to whet the appetite and get fans geared up for the games. Maybe a few more spread out periodically would be great!
Spoilers ruin parts of the game
As I said, it is important to reveal some things to drive hype, but in the last 2 generations, Game Freak has gone a little overboard. For Pokemon XY, there were only ~75 new Pokemon introduced and a bunch of mega Pokemon. I don’t remember the exact number, but nearly half of them were revealed prior to the game. Despite this, there were still things to be discovered. I won’t spoil anything, but I will say that most of the new Pokemon and Alolan forms have been revealed at this point. When we get into the actual games, if you have been keeping up with the official reveals, there will be very little to discover (but there will be some things if they stop showing stuff now). Every time you encounter something, it will probably be something you have already seen.
This is where they should have kept a few cards tight to the chest. They should have left more things to be discovered and surprise us in the region. Think about how mind blowing it would be if you are walking up an icy mountain in Alola and all of a sudden, a white Vulpix shows up! A freaking white Vulpix!!! Your family members would have had to wipe your mind off of the 3DS!
But no… Game Freak showed that to you already. And while it was exciting at the time, how much better would it be in game. Or you come across this thing that looks like a trashy Pikachu, you hit it and it does no damage… WTF is that thing!?
But, no, we know about Mimikyu and it’s ability, Disguise, that works like a substitute.
Or you see some Ace Trainers using this odd Dragon Pokemon, Jangmo-o, and when you battle the Elite 4 (?), one of them is using its final evolution, Jammo-o. Then you have to scour the region (or go to Serebii) to find this rare fighting Dragon.
But no, here is the information, and you even get to see it in the demo…
So, what’s the right thing?
What I am getting at, is there needs to be a balance between reveals and things to be discovered in game. I think it is necessary to have some things revealed. In fact, I love that the final starter evolutions have been revealed officially. That was something that I spoiled for myself for at the start of XY so I could pick a starter that would be with me for the entirety of the game (because that’s something you usually have to look at for the whole game). Please give us some reveals to get us excited for the adventure to come!
But! Don’t give us so much information so that we are drowning in it. Leave some cool things to be discovered. Keep Ice Type Vulpix and Ninetales a secret. Don’t show us so many new Pokemon. Let us find them in game and have a sense of wonder as we explore the region to find new things in the world. Leave some mystery in the game.
Well folks, that’s all I have this week. What do you think about reveals and spoilers? Let me know in the comments below and come back later in the week to hear the Fluffiest Whimsicott’s opinions on reveals and spoilers.