In what might be viewed as a good-guy move by some and a WTF moment by others, Atlus released a post warning against streaming certain sections and story aspects of their latest game, Persona 5 (age verification required), which saw a western release on 4th April 2017.

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(Photo courtesy of Atlus)

I urge you to read the whole thing (it’s not long) but certain parts do stand out like the one below.

If you decide to stream past 7/7 (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND NOT DOING THIS, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED), you do so at the risk of being issued a content ID claim or worse, a channel strike/account suspension.

Whereas I do kind of understand why Atlus would do this, I still think it is ridiculous to go this far. The choice of viewing game content, whether or not it contains spoilers, is something that an individual should decide for themselves.

I also believe that players should have the right to record their experiences with the title  as well as share them with friends, family, fans and anyone interested. Atlus completely disables the Share feature on PS4.

Atlus believes in its product and rightfully so. It wants everyone who experiences the game to have a full and enjoyable experience undeterred by spoilers.

While your heart is in the right place, Atlus, your methodology to achieving this is a bit nonsensical.

We live in an age where spoiler-tags exist and you assume that there aren’t any folks out there whose interest in the game wouldn’t be piqued upon seeing specific segments of the game, even if they were what you consider spoilers.

Personally, even though I would either spoiler-tag my content or not upload it all, still being able to share my unique experiences with friends and fellow fans is something that matters. And this holds true for the vast majority of your fans.

Please reconsider.