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.
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!
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