With the (somewhat) recent release of Diablo III, and the stories I’ve heard of friends’ trials and tribulations with their ‘hardcore’ (or is it “Insanity” now?) characters, I thought I’d take a moment to explain why I’m not likely to engage that particular setting.

Permanent death? It's just like real life! This game is so realistic.

Blizzard’s attempt to prevent the deluge of “restore” requests from folks who don’t quite understand what “hardcore” entails.

Of course I like my video games to be challenging. If they’re too simple (ahem, KirbysEpicYarn), they’re not real enjoyable. Sure, there are moments where I like to play some kind of mindlessly simple game, but for the most part, I don’t want a game to be extremely easy.

But I don’t want things to be extremely difficult, either.

Now don’t get me wrong, I totally get the desire to play games at their hardest difficulty–it can be super satisfying to conquer a really difficult challenge, or to know that you’re super 1337 because you pwnd your favorite game on “OMFG” difficulty.

But I play video games to relax. I’ve generally got about 40 irons in the fire, so to speak, and I like to take the opportunity to chill out and play my favorite games from time to time. I want them to be challenging enough to keep me interested, but not so challenging that they actually add to the stress in my life. I don’t want to have to spend hours trying to solve a puzzle, or trying to defeat a specific boss.

I just want to play.

It’s the same reason that I don’t feel particularly guilty using a walkthrough, or guide, from time to time. No, I don’t really enjoy going through an entire game simply by following the walkthrough, but sometimes they come in handy. I know I’m not the only one to think, “Wow, I never would have figured that out,” after looking something up online. That’s the moment when I feel pretty darn good about looking something up, instead of spending an eternity stressing myself out.

But hey, like I said, I totally get the desire to do it all yourself; to beat games at their hardest. But that’s not why I play.

What about you? Do you like to play on Hardcore mode? Or are you a pretty casual gamer? Or something in between? Leave a comment below!