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14. Re: Op Ed Feb 7, 2011, 18:35 Warskull
 
Icewind wrote on Feb 7, 2011, 15:22:
Any game in which you aren't punished for dying isn't a game, it's something the losers at gamerdad.com probably play.

Diablo had it right. The first one that is. The one where when you die everything you wear is dropped and you either go down and get it somehow or you lose everything.

Without that fear that you could lose everything, where is the suspense? Where is the challenge? Where is the fun?

Gamers have become far too soft.

No, the tolerance for bullshit is much less now. Challenges are fun when you have crisp controls, death is your fault, and you don't end up repeating boring parts over and over again (such as the checkpoint right before the cut scene.) Death is not fun or interesting when it is due to sloppy control, random bullshit, and you end up repeating boring, trivial parts of the game repeatedly.

The reason you see fewer challenging games is because of lot of the old 'hard' games were flat out broken. The difficulty was due to bad design and that simply won't stand these days. Making a good, well designed, challenging game is difficult. It is much easier to simply make an easy game and rely on other tricks to sell it.
 
 
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