I think you've posted more about it than anyone else here so I don't know where you're getting hysteria from.
It's an ongoing thing. This thread is just one of many on the subject, and it has basically been blown way the hell out of proportion. I read it on virtually every gaming website I go to - Regenerating Health was put in for the unsophisticated console kiddies, it is proof of the end of mature gaming, it means the developers are lazy... I'm all for calling out developers and publishers for foisting bullshit onto gamers but I can't get on board with the complaining about the health thing. If my posting too much bothers you I guess I'll stop. Don't want to piss off anyone else needlessly!
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