Statute of spoiler limitations, and Batman

It’s probably no surprise that I was pretty happy with today’s announcement of more Arkham City DLC. As predicted, it looks to be post-game content that expands on the story and possibly sets up a sequel. Given the timing, just before E3, I wouldn’t be surprised.

It is too bad this is being called the “final chapter.” I had hoped we’d see more story content, but then they probably would’ve had to release it earlier to publish several episodes.

One thing that surprised me, though, was how the trailer itself drops spoilers. This is the one that is ostensibly trying to promote the Game of the Year edition, to people who haven’t yet bought the game. Between the name of the DLC and the very brief bit of Harley that we see, people could probably figure it out.

Now, I tend to think the statute of limitations on spoilers is pretty narrow — maybe six months for games. More for movies, since some people wait for DVD and then you need a buffer period after that point. Arkham City is definitely past that point, and chances are any big fan of the franchise would already know of the titanic twist. It just seems so bizarre to hint at those details so strongly in marketing materials built for newcomers. I can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t put two and two together.

So I’d caution anyone who hasn’t played the game to avoid that particular trailer, and news of the DLC, if you can. Also, turn in your Batman Fan card, because you do not deserve it if you haven’t played the game yet.

On a completely different topic, I didn’t write this story about the 3DS firmware update, but it can’t come fast enough. I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at my cluttered icons (mostly due to the Ambassador program) and wished I could organize them into folders. Also, how is it that we can’t do this on the 360 and PS3 yet?

  • Every time I see a story on Telltale’s games — Jurassic Park or, more recently, The Walking Dead — I feel guilty that I never got around to finishing Back to the Future.
  • I still think people who rate Rayman Origins above Super Mario 3D Land are loopy, but I still want a sequel like everybody else.
  • The PlayStation brawler is inevitable, and has been for some time. Now is about the right time to announce it as we start the pre-E3 media storm. Personally, I still think “Title Fight” is a better title. More clever, more catchy, less verbose.
  • I’m going to accept that this is as close as we’re ever getting to Pokemon Snap! 2.

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