Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Jun 2013 20:18 UTC
Games "In recent years, an odd consensus has arisen where many believe that games are easier than they used to be. In many cases it's true, and it isn't surprising, as extreme competition between titles has created the need for games to be immediately entertaining as soon as you press the start button. As a consequence, many older - and potentially newer - players consider these games of yesteryear much more difficult. The immense challenge Wii U owners have experienced with virtual console games is evidence of that. Are these newer adventures really easier? Or has the design philosophy for video games improved instead?" Interesting take. I will tell you this, though - take a game like Dragon Age (the only one that matters, so the first one). It's immediately accessible to newcomers at the easy and normal setting, but try stepping it up to nightmare mode, and you're suddenly back in old-fashioned hardcore territory where you'll need to apply every little bit there is to know about the game to be able to finish it (tip for DA fanatics: finish the game without a single character going down in combat, on nightmare. I did it. It's hell). My point is: sometimes, you have to up the difficulty or create your own challenges to find the rewarding difficulty of gaming yore.
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collective knowledge, experience
by REM2000 on Sun 30th Jun 2013 16:22 UTC
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Games are easier to play now, a small point i would say is that after 30 odd years of video games, there is a certain degree of collective knowledge, that is many people around the 20+ year old game playing bracket will instinctively know how to play some games because of their experience.

Things like doom may seem a little harder as they were first of their kind gaming experiences. Level design is a lot simpler in some cases like the Call of Duty games, but others such as Dishonored are harder because the maps are larger and completely multilevel and much more open.

These are not definitive reasons just a couple more to think about.

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