Kingdom Hearts III: A Guide to Avoiding Leaks and Spoilers on the Internet Before Release
Here's a guide with some quick tips and tricks to avoid Kingdom Hearts III spoilers and leaks as we get closer to the epic game's release date.
It’s official — Kingdom Hearts III is loose in the wild, and there are people already playing the game. Some are even going as far as posting content on social media, though nothing yet has touched on story spoilers. But if you are anything like us, you are in a panic; we’ve waited over 13 years for a mainline release of Kingdom Hearts, and we are not about to get it spoiled a month before release. With this in mind, we’ve whipped up a quick guide of tips and tricks to avoid Kingdom Hearts III spoilers and leaks on the internet.
Kingdom Hearts III is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 29, 2019. So if you haven’t pre-ordered the game yet, don’t be afraid to jump on that now from Amazon. Meanwhile, check out our guide on avoiding spoilers below:
Press Mute on Twitter for Spoiler-Hot Keywords:
One of the prime suspects on where you will see leaks is Twitter — an all-points newsfeed that isn’t curated. The whole place is a dangerous battleground, especially considering that we’ve already seen some Kingdom Hearts III leaks so far. Thankfully, Twitter has some of the best features when it comes to avoiding keywords and spoilers.
Using the Mute options, you can curate keywords, phrases, and hashtags you don’t want to see. Don’t want to look at the leaks from the latest leaker? Go ahead and block “@KH3isLife” until forever.
What else should you consider blocking? The safe bets are the following:
Meanwhile, anyone who is more conservative on their leaks and going for full media blackout might want to consider blocking anything Kingdom Hearts III altogether. Go ahead and block the following terms, and possibly even the character names, until after the game releases:
- Kingdom Hearts
- Kingdom Hearts III
- Kingdom Hearts 3
And just like that, you’ve got a basic filter that should pick up many (though not necessarily all) spoiler content. Keep in mind, this is going to block you from non-spoilers and may leave you open to spoilers that come without keywords. But being on the internet is simply a risk.
Last but not least, go ahead an turn video auto-play off within Twitter’s accessibility functions. This is an easy choice to make — not only are auto-play videos the bane of existance, but you can’t imagine how quickly a random video tweet can ruin something for you in the first few moments.
Avoid the Usual Suspects and Spoiler-y Gaming Sites:
Have you ever been spoiled by an image board or a Kurdish Underwater Basketweaving Forum? Yeah… I’ve been there. My momentum in Fallout 4 was murdered in cold blood after stumbling onto spoilers of the game via 4chan. The best strategy is to avoid all image boards (as well as places that repost their content like the 4chan or green text subreddits).
However, this carries over to gaming sites that dabble with spoilers or spoiled content. Over and over again we’ve seen some of the largest outlets in the media industry flat out ruin surprises in a game’s review. Meanwhile, many sites–including DualShockers–will keep spoilers to a minimum and let you know with bold text, highlighting places to avoid, Twitter users to ignore, and trends to avoid wholesale.
Hit Snooze on Facebook or Avoid Altogether:
Unlike Twitter, it is much harder to reign in spoilers on Facebook. On the plus side, however, your feed will be curated exclusively to the content/places/people you follow. So the question is…how much do you trust your friends and your communities?
If you are like me and don’t trust some of the gaming communities you follow (there are always a few bad apples in the bunch), you can leave them for the time-being or just turn off notifications altogether. If someone is talking a bit too much on Kingdom Hearts spoilers, you can also hit the Snooze feature on the timeline, essentially blocking any post from a person or a whole group from invading your News Feed for up to 30 days (just the perfect amount of time!)
Another quick tip, make sure that “Auto-Play” for videos on your Facebook Newsfeed is set to off. To do that, simply follow this link and change that setting under the “Videos” section. Now, why should you be doing this? Don’t underestimate the internet’s ability to spoil something within the first ten seconds of any video. If the auto-play feature is on, you may unwittingly be exposed to a leak just by scrolling through.
Last but not least, don’t be afraid to just ditch Facebook altogether for the month (if not forever). Your family can go a month without an update on your dogs, and you will be safe from any leaks or spoilers.
Avoid Instagram Hashtags and Block Offenders:
Instagram, much like Facebook, is entirely curated by you — while you can go ahead and block people, it might be best to avoid hashtags and people know to spoil. Is it a bummer you won’t see excellent user-created content before release? You bet it is. But it is the small price you pay to make sure Kingdom Hearts III remains a pure experience for you.
But as a quick idea of the hashtags to avoid, go ahead and keep out of the following:
Curate Your Subreddit List on Reddit:
In 2018, Reddit has become the dominant force of the social media game in providing excellent content by subreddit communities. And while some of the best Kingdom Hearts subreddits are modded by excellent teams to protect against leaks and spoilers, don’t underestimate your ability to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. With over 100K followers on this community alone, it’s physically impossible to block all spoilers coming in.
With that said, the best way to avoid spoilers on Reddit is to avoid sorting articles and comments by “New” or “Controversial,” or going as far as to temporarily unsubscribe. Keep in mind, this isn’t solely for the Kingdom Hearts-themed subreddits — the latest leak about Kingdom Hearts III’s intro surfaced in part because it was amplified by the Skrillex subreddit (of all places). So perhaps check out of general “gaming” subreddits like:
Once again, it’s going to be impossible to block everything entirely unless you avoid Reddit altogether. But sticking out of these subreddits are your best bet to keep out of spoiler territory.
Get Restricted on YouTube to Avoid Comments:
YouTube and its army of content creators is a hotbed of leaks — ask all of the people that were spoiled on Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 simply by seeing thumbnails on trending videos. Yikes.
While thumbnails are always going to be dangerous territory, you can minimize the risk of running into spoilers by switching to Restricted Mode. If you don’t know what Restricted Mode is, the feature is like an adult version of Parental Controls. Setting the mode to “On” will typically block mature content and will hide every comment section. Comment sections on YouTube should be avoided at all costs, so this isn’t too bad of an idea.
To turn on Restricted Mode, click on your profile icon in the top-right. At the bottom of the drop-down menu is “Restricted Mode: Off” — click on that and you can set the filter to “On.” You can turn this on and off at any point, so go check it out and see if it helps.
However, there is no way to avoid spoilers altogether — especially if you follow accounts that typically go over the latest leaks in the gaming spheres. Consider limiting your viewing to official PR accounts, trusted YouTube channels, or just staying away from the video outlet altogether.
Discord, Twitch, and Comment Sections Are Dangerous Territory:
So far we’ve touched on centralized social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The further you stray away from these, the scarier things get for spoiler territory. Discord communities can be run by anyone; Twitch (and their chats) are the Wild West with very few powers to limit streamers; comment sections are never moderated as fast as we wish.
Our advice? Just stay away from a lot of these. We are a month out; you’ve got this!
Consider a Full Media Blackout For Kingdom Hearts III:
What’s the best way to avoid spoilers on the internet? No internet. Go ahead and spend the next 32 days entirely away from social media or internet outside of what your work requires.
Honestly, it isn’t a bad idea. Social media has a proven drag on everyone’s mental health, and now is a great time to make it a New Year’s Resolution. Even better, there has never been a better time to go through your backlog or replay Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far (which you can get on Amazon) to make sure you are caught up with the series and ready to experience the climactic end.
Kingdom Hearts III is priming to be one of the most significant launches of 2019, so let’s make sure we keep the next month hyped up and spoiler free. As always, we will do our best at DualShockers to keep you unspoiled at the lead-up to launch.