Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
Retroactive continuity or retcon is the adding of new information to "historical" material, or deliberately changing previously established facts in a work of serial fiction. The change itself is referred to as a "retcon", and the act of writing and publishing a retcon is called "retconning". Retconning can be done either on purpose, or accidentally, wherein a break in continuity is not noticed until later and is then corrected by later writers or editors.
Retcons are common in comic books, especially those of large publishing houses such as Marvel Comics and DC Comics, because of the lengthy history of many series and the number of independent authors contributing to their development; this is the context in which the term was coined.
Retcons, as anyone who would frequent this forum knows, happen all the time. They can range from anywhere to essential things to fix a continuity screw up, undoing something that outraged the fans, to unwanted or completely unnecessary. Generally, though, they are handled pretty poorly and leave people confused.
So what's your least favorite retcon? Are there any retcon's you're all for? How would YOU have handled something? Alternatively, with all the recent events and what not, is there anything you predict will be retconned in the near future? I figured this could generate some interesting discussion.