Jeff's outright insistance that spoilers are to be spoiled
God, I hope they start talking more openly about games, only save the big huge spoilers (like, game changing revelations) but knowing minor stuff like "you get a cool outfit for completing mission X" is totally harmless. Maybe then, some REAL game discussion can take place, instead of the usual "woah guys, there is this moment, where, uhm.... a thing... that is relevant to the...... thing.... happens.... and...... not to spoil it for the folks at home........ but................ it's awesome" which is completely ridiculous.
Man, I hope they just start dropping bombs all over. This "THPOILERTH" bullshit really has to fucking stop.
"Oh man, I have to sequester myself in a bunker under the earth and rip the internet wiring out of the walls of my house in order to preserve my TV show virginity! I can't know any plot points, and nobody can discuss it for fear of hurting my precious little feelings!"
It's like, fuck off. If the quality of your shit depends on not knowing somebody's a templar despite the UI outright lying to you and then going "AHA, WE SURE FOOLED YOU" you make bad shit and you should feel bad.
Not having something spoiled takes a lot less effort than you think. Besides, I'm pretty sure Jeff would have avoided Persona 4 spoilers if he could. He wouldn't have liked Saints Row 3 as much if everyone told him all the crazy shit that happened beforehand. Everyone has their threshold and I'm sure everyone would prefer to go into something cold rather than expectant.
If someone wants to avoid forums, podcasts, youtubes and the facebooks, how the fuck does it affect you? It takes about as much effort to avoid spoilers as it does posting a comment on the internet. Giant Bomb is not like food or something. Skipping a podcast isn't like skipping school. If someone wants to skip a podcast because they are going to talk about The Walking Dead, a story driven game that only got released recently, then how can you not understand that?
You only have a right to complain about "SPOILERS" people if they are forcing you to censor yourself for their sake. But if they decide to take responsibility for their own enjoyment and choose to ignore something rather than force others to accommodate them by censoring themselves, than I'd say that's rather inoffensive. But people who want to avoid spoilers but still spend time on the forums and listen to podcasts that obviously will spoil something, they have no right to complain either.
It really depends on what you mean by a "spoiler." Giving away plot points that are obviously supposed to be shocking or surprising is a dick move and totally unnecessary. And if they really want to talk about it, why don't they start doing "spoiler-casts" or something. It's not like it takes a ton of effort to open a new recording session and talk about the game in a separate podcast.
However, if people are complaining about talking about the game's basic story beats or mission designs, then yeah, it's kinda stupid and whiny.
Basically, I think they should leave it up to their own discretion. If they think a detail could ruin someone's enjoyment of the game, they probably shouldn't talk about it. But they shouldn't have to go out of their way to avoid saying something that might reveal a minor story beat or gameplay moment.