How important is it for you guys to get to know things before purchasing? Like when anticipating a big triple A title, do you go out of your way to find the insider scoop or do you just regularly follow developer announcements and stuff? I've begun to find that I sometimes prefer to be in the dark until a game is released, but mostly only when it's part of a series that and I was going to buy it anyways. For example I followed very few of Halo Reach's announcements before purchasing because I am a massive Halo fanboy; but for previous installments (Halo 2 and 3) I stalked the internet for info and had a very good idea of what the game was like before purchasing, but then it wasn't as sweet as discovering new features on your own.
Force Unleashed was another game I followed quite a bit (mostly because of a SW game drought at the time), but all the dev diaries ended spoiling the first half of the story for me and basically showed most of the "sync kills" for the boss fights, I felt the game was a bit spoiled for me. So I took the opposite mentality with TFU 2, but I ended up not caring for the game for a number of reasons and pretty much regretted buying it. What do you guys think is a happy in between for this type of situation?
I've made some totally blind purchases that I really enjoyed; I got Bioshock without knowing *anything* about it aside from see what was on the cover (I had no idea of the setting or gameplay), I just got it because I heard a lot of good things and I needed some games for my, at the time, new 360. This also applies to movies as well, I went into movies like Inglorious Basterds and The Dark Knight (not being a Batman fan or even had seen Batman Begins) and was totally caught off guard by what I saw as a very good film.
Are you guys for the whole ignorance is bliss followed by pleasant surprise, or do you tear into the details of something before release to determine it's quality and whether it is worth buying, or somewhere in between?