Dropping the Blackout

I had a friend tell me he was going on a media blackout for a game once. I can’t remember which game it was (I want to say Portal 2), but I do remember how determined he was to avoid coverage. He wanted his experience with the game to be pure—no impressions filtered through a snarky video game blog post, or developer diaries filled with minor spoilers about the plot or unlockable abilities. I’ve never pursued a blackout myself, but I have occasionally skipped an article on a game I’m looking forward to if it looks like it might reveal more than I care to know. I’d rather be taken by surprise by a game than know that a giant twist is coming. 

I’m trying a blackout for several games this fall, but for a very different reason. See I’m going to have a baby soon, which means my time and money for games will be siphoned away by something far more important (my son, derp). I usually try to stick to two, maybe three, new game purchases each fall. This year I might only get one (still debating on what it should be, though I do have the next Assassin’s Creed pre-ordered). Avoiding details on awesome games would, theoretically, help me avoid opening my wallet. And then I saw this.

It’s not enough to get me to drop $60, especially when I could put that money to diapers for my boy, but it was enough to make me drop my blackout and consume all the coverage available. So with that being said, please excuse my lateness—Batman: Arkaham City looks awesome. 

Have you ever tried to do a media blackout for a game or movie? What was it for, and were you successful?