I am an avid reader of books. I can easily devour an entire book on a Saturday if I have the time to indulge myself in some lazy afternoon reading. If the book is particularly delightful, I find myself staying up until 5AM just to finish it. Who needs sleep, right? The reason I bring this up is because if during the course of reading the book, I will often skip to the very end just to see if characters that I am enjoying are still there at the end of the book. In some cases, they are not, which is upsetting, but I’d much rather know about it than to be surprised at the end. Surprised and upset. It doesn’t ruin my reading experience knowing if character A is going to die, or is secretly the bad guy. I still get to enjoy the path that leads from the beginning to the end of the book. Sometimes the journey is more important than the start and finish.
In regards to the spoilers leaking about who the new WarChief is, I don’t think the WoW Insider staff could have done it any better. They announced the spoiler, stated very clearly that reading below the break was ripe with spoilers. At that point it was up to the user whether they wanted to see the spoiler or not. I personally happily clicked open the article to see who it was, but I did refrain from watching the videos as I will hopefully be able to see them myself later on this week.
Bottom line – spoilers don’t really bother me, sometimes I embrace them. But people need to be aware that if they visit sites such as WoW Insider, spoilers could be found from either the stories themselves or from the people posting comments, whether it’s accidental or not. If you’re a person that prefers to be in the dark about plot twists and turns, then perhaps cocooning yourself off from WoW sites and even the game itself would be the best thing for you.