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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Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Sun 30th Jun 2013 17:27 UTC
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I think the older days of gaming saw more diversity. A lot of games these days are more or less the same thing except for the color of the eye shadow and lipstick they put on them. That's not to say they aren't or can't be fun -- just that there are obvious similarities that weren't so obvious or dominant back in the day.

When I play a new game, I always start it on the hardest setting possible. I can't think of any game I haven't been able to complete doing this. If I feel the replay value is there, I'll start over. If a new harder level was opened when I completed the game, I'll select that one.

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