Escape room owners are generally paranoid about spoilers. They are understandably afraid that if someone were to post a step-by-step walkthrough of their game on the Internet, their business would suffer.
There is some legitimacy to that fear. Just how much is tough to say because as far as I can tell, it hasn’t been a problem.
Do spoilers really hurt?
It’s up for debate how much spoilers really ruin experiences. On RoomEscapeArtist.com, we go out of our way to avoid them, but it’s not clear whether they actually damage enjoyment.
Companies like The Basement in Los Angeles have been featured on Geek & Sundry, as well as The Bachelor. Their game has been well documented and their business is booming nonetheless.
Every video game has a walkthrough posted online and that hasn’t damaged the video game industry.
I’m not convinced that a spoiler could deal a lethal blow to an escape room. I’d like to think that these experiences are more resilient than that, but I could be wrong.
Why aren’t spoilers showing up all over the place?
We continue to wonder why this industry isn’t plagued with spoilers.
It’s not hard to spoil these games, if you’re motivated to do so.
The only answer I’ve come up with is competitiveness:
Players who lose don’t want other people to win.
Players who win don’t want to see their time beaten.
That’s the best explanation I see
I’m looking for a better one if you have it.