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I’ve finally started to step away from the internet, TAY—not just because school is starting, although that does make it a lot easier since I have classes to keep up with and everything. The main reason is that Konami decided to send out early copies of Metal Gear Solid V—a game I’ve been looking forward to since, well, Metal Gear Solid 4. Right now, the internet is positively filled with spoilers. For pretty much that reason alone, I’ve been trying to stay off of gaming news sites as much as I can.

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I’ll still occasionally watch YouTube videos, but I certainly will never look in the comments. I haven’t gone on Twitter for a few days, stuck as far away from Reddit as I possibly can, and just generally am turning into an internet hermit—trying to use random games like Destiny and silly chores like homework to distract me until the game comes out next Tuesday.

Am I crazy? Probably. But then today, out of all days, I decided to watch The Final Bosman for the first time in my life. If you don’t know what The Final Bosman is, it’s a web show produced by Game Trailers where a guy sits and talks about games. It’s pretty innovative. Regardless, the point is that they had an episode today devoted entirely to media blackouts.

As an aside, I haven’t read the comments section, but I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be filled with MGSV spoilers. So… you know, do what you should always do and avoid YouTube comments.

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Are any of you doing this? They made a joke about how Kotaku is incredibly bad about spoiling games, and while they’re being joking about it, they’re definitely not wrong. I can’t even count how many games I’ve had spoiled for me because of random gaming news articles—not just from Kotaku, but other places as well.

Have you ever participated in a media blackout? How far did you take it? What was the game, movie, or book you did it for? Were you happy you did it? Talk about it down below.

If you wanted to get political, you can talk about all the terrible things that happened today. Or if you want to stay positive, you can talk about kittens. And hope. Otherwise, the topic is open, so feel free to talk about life, love, gaming, or whatever else you desire. The Graveyard Shift is now open.

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