Thursday, October 16, 2003

Spoilers are not created equal.

OK, the folks over at need to do a better job at marking the types of spoilers in their Episode III page. When reporting spoilers, they simply say "Spoilers here" and then post away using inviso-text, so you have to click-and-drag over the text to reveal what's written there, which is a fine system, as far as I'm concerned.

The problem is, they inviso-text nearly everything to do with the upcoming film, and they don't discriminate the Big! Honking! Spoilers! (like how certain characters meet their doom, if they meet their doom at all) from the minor interesting tidbits (like the possibility of a lightsaber duel mimicking the classic Errol Flynn "dueling shadows" thing that happened in The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Sea Hawk). It's the difference between this:

SPOILER: Darth Vader is Luke's father!

and this:

SPOILER: There's a chase through an asteroid field!

So there's me, with my basic inability to not read absolutely everything they post over there, learning stuff that I'd at least have liked to agonize over before eventually giving in and reading anyway. It would be nice if they'd mark the spoilers accordingly, letting me know when they're spilling the beans on some nifty bit of design or when they're unmasking the key plot element.

And yes, I would like some cheese with this whine, thank you very much.

(EDIT: Broken link rendered not-broken.)

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