Dodging spoilers is becoming more difficult than ever. Thanks in large part to the many algorithmic social media feeds you can scroll through at any given time, just hanging out on the internet means you might be unwittingly served new information about a show or game you haven’t experienced for yourself.
I’ve been particularly sensitive to this with The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. I can’t wait to explore all of the new secrets hidden around and above Hyrule. But because the full game leaked many days before its May 12th launch, every feed, news site, subreddit, forum post, and comment section is suddenly a potential minefield for spoilers that I want to discover on my own.
To protect myself, I’ve cobbled together a few tools and solutions that I’d like to share with you. Hopefully, they will help you avoid spoilers for Zelda or the game, show, or movie, etc. of your choice. But as I’ll discuss a bit later on, there’s no way you can completely guarantee you can avoid spoilers, so be vigilant out there.
Twitter lets you mute words and phrases so they don’t show up in places like your main timeline, notifications tab, or push notifications. To set up muted words, go to your settings listing and click on Settings and Support > Settings and Privacy > Privacy and Safety > Mute and block > Muted words. Muted words can be set to last for 24 hours, seven days, 30 days, or until you unmute a word or phrase, meaning you have a few options if you know you’ll eventually want to see information about what you’re muting.
For my Zelda mutes, I just set them up so they go away after 30 days. By then, I suspect I’ll have beaten the game and will want to see whatever ridiculous shenanigans players have gotten themselves into.
YouTube often recommends new videos that are related to previous videos you’ve watched. That means that, if you’re like me and have eagerly consumed every minute of Tears of the Kingdom prerelease footage you can find, YouTube might suggest a video of a boss fight or story spoiler uploaded by someone who has a leaked version of the game because it thinks you might be interested in it. (I am interested, YouTube. Just not right now!)