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The birth of the internet has brought about the death of “secretive” game design, but what is it, and can a few developers keep it on life support long enough for a resurgence?
It might be the most common legitimate complaint among game-players this side of DLC being exploited to high heaven: Games nowadays are just too easy. We used to live in a golden age of toughness, and now our hands are held through even the most simplistic of tasks. We used to spend weeks or months trying one particular part in a game before we beat it. We used to get satisfaction
from figuring these things out. Now you never spend more than half an hour on any given task before looking up the answer online and continuing on with the game. After all, anything that gets in the way of you having fun right this second
is bad for the game, right?
Maybe. There’s no use starting off on a tirade about how easy games are bad, or how games built for constant stimulation are degrading the industry. There is then, similarly, no use in preaching the power of difficulty, or making the falsely “bold” claim that every game needs to be as hard as Mega Man 2
. They don’t, and they aren’t. Any declaration of any type of game being intrinsically superior to any other type of game should be-- though usually isn’t-- ignored in lieu of fostering somewhat more positive discussion about a hobby and/or passion most of us share.
No, the problem is not that ridiculously easy games exist. The problem isn’t really even that ridiculously hard games don’t
exist. The problem is that ridiculously hard games don’t exist in the same way that they used to.