Well, if I'm already not enjoying playing a game (Red Dead Redemption, for example) and already know what happens near the end, then no it don't matter, son.
If I do get spoiled over something I intend to visit or invest time into, then so be it. If the game, book, film, or whatever isn't doing enough to keep my attention throughout the journey, it probably wasn't worth getting into anyway.
If Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones have the shittiest endings, which for some reason I'm expecting so my hopes aren't dashed so easily, I'm not gonna lie and say it wasn't worth getting up to the ending with all the crazy theories and parallels from beginning to end.
If this was a Microsoft press confrence these news would be on the front page already...
The guys who do any writing around here were probably sleeping. It was 4 AM or so in their time when the show ended. And yeah, Microsoft news probably would be on the front page because their press conference times align with when America is awake.
The first mangled blue screen of death that appeared on my recently-built PC went to Splinter Cell Conviction just a few days ago, so I'm a little cautious of picking this up, let alone due its price (I usually buy things on sale) and supposed bad performance on PC despite your praise for it. Saying it's even better than Chaos Theory is almost forgoing my usual buying process as that was the last game I truly enjoyed in the series, and want more of it now before I move on to other games.
I couldn't care less about multiplayer however, and that seems to be the main focus and draw of the game to you. As long as it's more like Chaos Theory where handling things is a bit more methodical in single-player rather than a full-blown shootout like in Conviction, call me pretty damn excited.
Say, is there a whistle key to draw guards to you?