Monthly Archives: October 2013

Spoilers, joy killers?

Leia esta digressão em português.

Spoiler alert! Spoilers are joy killers! Or are they?

Ah, spoilers! We all hate it, don’t we? After all, spoilers are joy-killers! There we are, watching a movie, eagerly waiting for the end to come when, suddenly, someone comes in and tells how the movie ends.
“Oh, I’ve already watched that one! I was so surprised when they revealed that everyone is actually dead!” someone says, and everybody else widen their eyes while a bestial lust for blood (a really specific blood, actually) starts boiling. The same thing could happen/happens when you comment with someone that you’re reading a book or watching a TV series and that someone, on purpose or not, spills out the ending.
“Oh, you’re watching Lost? Man, the last episode is awesome/awful! When *bleeeeeep* happens is so, ops!”.
“Oh, you’re reading Harry Potter? Oh, in the last book when Dumbledore *bleeeep* is so, ops!”
Yes, it could happen, and it most likely happened to many of us throughout our lives. Sometimes we’re in the spoiling side, sometimes we’re in the spoiled side.

But really, are spoilers that bad? Enough to make us hold a grudge against the person who spilled the spoil? Do spoilers really affect how much enjoyment we can get from an entertainment work?
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Pokemon, the problem and how it could have been

Leia esta digressão em português.

Pokemon! Who doesn’t like it, right? It’s been around since 1996 as a game franchise and it’s being animated since 1997 or so. There are 6 generations of games already, 649 different pokemons. In the animation area, there are 17 movies, 5 major arcs, subdivided in 10 minor arcs (or 17 minor arcs in the US version, don’t ask me why), with more than 800 episodes and another dozen of specials and extra animated material. We also have a lot of other media and goods related, not to mention the other dozens of spin-off games, like Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Pinball and lots of others.

But I’m here to digress about the major problem of the whole franchise. Well, at least in my opinion. Is it the game? Is it the anime? Is it the spin-off?
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