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BioWare's stance on "spoilers"?? IN GAME

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BioWare's stance on "spoilers"?? IN GAME
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Suromir
05.02.2013 , 02:21 PM | #1
I've already played through every class story..so personally can't be "spoiled" by anything...but I'm curious.

I've seen (and have done myself) someone ask a question and the answer or a remark made afterwards may have "spoiled" a part of a class story...like a betrayal..a merging..an end boss...etc...even if the person saying the "spoiler" wasn't doing so out of malice or intent to "spoil" anything..just responding/answering...

so I'm curious, again, what BioWare's stance on this is....I've seen all kinds of insults and yelling come out afterwards towards the person that (may or may not have meant to do so) "spoiled" a part...and seen threats of reporting..etc.

anyone know? devs/mods?

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Vegabond
05.02.2013 , 02:30 PM | #2

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EricMusco
05.02.2013 , 02:36 PM | #3 This is the last staff post in this thread.  
I think this is a tricky question to answer, but I think the general rule is that we are very sensitive of spoilers and will do everything we can do avoid spoiling the story for anyone else. Let me give you some examples:
  • We will always use the "spoiler" tag in blogs and forum posts when applicable.
  • We will encourage forum goers to avoid spoiling things, to use the spoiler tag themselves, or to designate spoiler in their subject line.
  • In patch notes, we will be a bit cryptic when possible to avoid spoilers. EX: "Made a change to the final encounter in The False Emperor."
As for as how we treat forum users, etc. and spoilers, we simply do our best to create best practices for all of you to be respectful of each other when it relates to story, and discussions which could spoil that. Again, I am not sure I can qualify this as a "company stance" but it is definitely a goal in our own communication to alert folks to spoilers as best as we can.

Hope that answers your questions!

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ModernSamuraiJay
05.02.2013 , 02:41 PM | #4
Not sure if he was referring to another thread I saw earlier but in the game itself...the start of the Makeb storyline is available at level 47 and spoils some of the story.

In the thread I saw, the player was playing the sith warrior storyline and hadn't finished it yet but clicked on the makeb quest given in the ship through the holo and it spoiled the ending of his story for him.

The makeb quest probably shouldn't be triggered until you finish your main class quest.

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Suromir
05.02.2013 , 02:41 PM | #5
Sorry I should have been more clear. My fault. I meant <IN GAME>

thanks though

is it a general rule in game? or how do you deal with "spoilers" in general chat (sometimes an answer/remark is a spoiler even if the person didn't do so intentionally)

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Magnusheart
05.02.2013 , 02:45 PM | #6
Speaking of spoilers... what happened to the Foundry after the False Emperor.

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JimG
05.02.2013 , 04:48 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Suromir View Post
I've seen (and have done myself) someone ask a question and the answer or a remark made afterwards may have "spoiled" a part of a class story...like a betrayal..a merging..an end boss...etc...even if the person saying the "spoiler" wasn't doing so out of malice or intent to "spoil" anything..just responding/answering...
If you're answering a question in general chat that could be considered a "spoiler" then you can easily answer the question by sending a whisper to the person asking the question rather than broadcasting the answer in general chat.

Quote: Originally Posted by ModernSamuraiJay View Post
The makeb quest probably shouldn't be triggered until you finish your main class quest.
They can't really do that. Makeb isn't a class quest. There are people who leveled to 50 and never finished their class quest and didn't really care that they didn't finish it. You couldn't tell people who bought ROTHC and were at level 50 that they couldn't do any of the ROTHC content unless they finished their class quest. If a few people don't pay attention and start up the Makeb questline before their class story is finished, then so be it....but that's better than gating the content.

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Suromir
05.02.2013 , 05:19 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by JimG View Post
If you're answering a question in general chat that could be considered a "spoiler" then you can easily answer the question by sending a whisper to the person asking the question rather than broadcasting the answer in general chat.


They can't really do that. Makeb isn't a class quest. There are people who leveled to 50 and never finished their class quest and didn't really care that they didn't finish it. You couldn't tell people who bought ROTHC and were at level 50 that they couldn't do any of the ROTHC content unless they finished their class quest. If a few people don't pay attention and start up the Makeb questline before their class story is finished, then so be it....but that's better than gating the content.
that's all well and good but does nothing to answer what I asked. Of course you could have done that. I'm asking what their stance is on spoiler's that are (inadvertantly or not) mentioned in general chat in game.

Sometimes people ask a question that can't be answered without a spoiler...and sometimes, without thinking, you answer something you know the answer too without giving it a second thought. That doesn't make that person bad at all..it was unintentional. Course it's also done intentionally as well..and those guys are jerks...but still. Most people don't stop and consider whether it's a spoiler or not when they see something asked....someone asks..they see it..know the answer..respond..and just go about doing what they're doing...no harm was meant..they were trying to be helpful.

understand now?

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jorill
05.02.2013 , 07:09 PM | #9
Ive heard you get some kind of ban for intentionally giving out spoilers in game. I think has to be with the intention of trolling or ruining it for other people. Im not 100 % sure though

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swtonewbie
05.02.2013 , 07:51 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by jorill View Post
Ive heard you get some kind of ban for intentionally giving out spoilers in game. I think has to be with the intention of trolling or ruining it for other people. Im not 100 % sure though
I doubt that's true

How can you tell the difference between someone that is genuinely trying to help but doesnt know about the spoilers rule and someone that is trolling but is wearing their best poker face? I played TSW shortly after it was released and there are a lot of missions in there that require you to think and yes even research online the answer to questions. But without thinking people would just blurt out in general chat the answer to some of those puzzle missions which would ruin it for anyone who happened to be watching general chat.

Easy solution (but not the best one) if you dont want your story being spoiled turn off general chat.
I'm not really a noob...