There was a time when I took great pride in conquering difficult games. I'm still not quite sure how I finished Ninja Gaiden on the Xbox.
However, as time has passed, gaming has become more about relaxation and de-stressing, as opposed to excitement and the thrill of overcoming a challenge. Perhaps it's easily explained by the aforementioned passage of time; maybe I'm just not as interested in "conquering" as I get older.
The problem is, there's always a certain line. For most of us, for those who aren't super hardcore, crossing that line means that playing games has become a chore. It's just no longer fun. And as I still enjoy solving the occasional difficult puzzle and taking down the occasional difficult boss, I can't say I only want to play easy games. That's really not true. What is true, though, is that clearly, my line has shifted. It just used to be farther along; now, I cross it sooner, and I think it's just because I've got a lot more to do these days.
At the end of a long day, I don't have much interest in white knuckles, sweaty palms, and gritted teeth. I don't mind concentrating and doing my best but at some point, the difficulty begins to chafe and I just get bored. I start to think I could be doing something else, something that actually relaxes and de-stresses me, like reading a book. I still have the capacity to be vigilant and even stubborn but I no longer have the patience to be total, full-on hardcore. And that's why in the past, I've spoken out in favor of easier games as compared to the games of yesteryear. Now I can have more fun; it's not only about barely surviving, it's about fun .
So at what point do you start viewing games as a chore? How difficult does a game have to be before you finally start to go, "You know, this just isn't entertaining anymore"?