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Why difficulty shouldn't be an obstacle

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Games like Dark Souls and similar hard games are known to be for gamers that like difficult games. These gamers love the challenge and love these games. However, there are gamers that have different reasons not to either have the patience or the skill to play these games. I think that games should be open to everyone, because who is the real loser if they do? They sell more and more people do enjoy them. If people want the "hardcore" experience by playing on the hardest difficulty.

Last year when there was a rumor that Dark Souls was going to have an easier mode, players lost their cool. But why? They were not taking the hardmode out of the game. There was going to be an overall easier mode. It turned out to be false, but why do games have to be hard just for the sake of being hard? There''s no real reason for it with games being this mainstream now. There are a few games i like to play on hard, but i usually go for the easy/normal mode.

Agree/disagree?

Viewing gaming from both sides

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During E3 it has been popular showing off games, but the end product doesn't hold up to what they did show off. Games like Watch Dogs, Killzone 2, Aliens Colonial Marines and other big games. The problem is coming from both sides. Developers are forced to show off games before they have something final, and they basicly make a vertical slice of how a game might look. Showing off the game off how they think it will look when it's done, is a problem. For consumers and the developers.

We as gamers also don't get what we think we are getting with the end product. Which is also decieving and not delivering on what they showed us. The problem basicly is that there is a lack of communication in my opinion. What i feel was great about this E3, like it or not, is that EA were honest about their games. I rather want something authentic. The developers showed off how the games look like now, without making empty promises.

At the end of the day i feel it's miscummunication between the consumers and what the corperate heads are telling the guys to do. They want to earn money and show off the game, while developers often need time and aren't given it unfortunately. Do you think it's all on the companies, or is it there because we want it aswell?

Current Backlog July 2014

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  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Crysis 2 & 3
  • Catherine
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • Mafia 2
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • Devil May Cry
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Brothers a Tale of Two Sons
  • Puppeteer
  • Walking Dead Season 2
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Max Payne 3
  • God of War Ascension
  • Top Spin 4
  • Grid Autosport
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor

360:

  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga
  • Borderlands 1 & 2
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ridge Racer: Unbound
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • GTA Liberty Stories
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Modnation Racers
  • Super Stardust Delta
  • Maramusa Rebirth
  • Everybody's Golf
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Battlefield 4
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Stick it to the Man
  • Watch Dogs
  • Trine 2
  • PixelJunk Shooter

Games finished last month

Batman: Arkham Origins

FIFA 13

Surge Deluxe

God of War 2

Current Backlog July 2014

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  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 2 & 3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Crysis 2 & 3
  • Catherine
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • Mafia 2
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • Devil May Cry
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Brothers a Tale of Two Sons
  • Puppeteer
  • Walking Dead Season 2
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Max Payne 3
  • God of War Ascension
  • Top Spin 4
  • Grid Autosport
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor

360:

  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga
  • Borderlands 1 & 2
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ridge Racer: Unbound
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • GTA Liberty Stories
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Modnation Racers
  • Super Stardust Delta
  • Maramusa Rebirth
  • Everybody's Golf
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Battlefield 4
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Stick it to the Man
  • Watch Dogs
  • Trine 2
  • PixelJunk Shooter

Games finished last month

Batman: Arkham Origins

FIFA 13

Surge Deluxe

God of War 2

Current Backlog July 2014

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  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 2 & 3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Crysis 2 & 3
  • Catherine
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • Mafia 2
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • Devil May Cry
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Brothers a Tale of Two Sons
  • Puppeteer
  • Walking Dead Season 2
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Max Payne 3
  • God of War Ascension
  • Top Spin 4
  • Grid Autosport
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor

360:

  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga
  • Borderlands 1 & 2
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ridge Racer: Unbound
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • GTA Liberty Stories
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Modnation Racers
  • Super Stardust Delta
  • Maramusa Rebirth
  • Everybody's Golf
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Battlefield 4
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Stick it to the Man
  • Watch Dogs
  • Trine 2
  • PixelJunk Shooter

Games finished last month

Batman: Arkham Origins

FIFA 13

Surge Deluxe

God of War 2

My issue with Steam

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In my opinion Steam has done a lot of great things for PC. But for me personally it hasn't done a lot. I've bought one game from Steam in 5 years. I built a pc to game in 2011. But after quitting Star Wars The Old Republic, i haven't really felt anything that has kept me gaming in PC. A lot of the games on Steam are shovelware in my opinion. The sales are also overrated as there isn't a lot of games that appeal to me during the sales that i haven't got already.

The biggest issue i have with Steam is the quality control. There is barely any of it. Now don't get me wrong, there are glitchy and half assed games on the consoles aswell. But in my opinion there are way more broken games on Steam than there are on any console. When Steam let's games like War Z, Air Control, Earth: Year 2066, etc. Those type of games do not make it to the consoles and it's becoming bad.

Even though i hate EA as a publisher, i like Origin more than i do Steam. Because i know what games i get( yeah, yeah Battlefield 4 was broken as hell). But you get my point. Steam has too much broken games for someone like me. That's a reason i switched to consoles entirely a few years ago after playing mostly on pc.

A trend that concerns me as a gamer

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Batman is probably the prime example of this. Announcing games before they are even close to being released. This past E3 was better than the last ones concerning games that were just teased. Personally i would like more of something in the line of what EA did. Showing concept art and letting the developers speak about the game.

Arkham, Bioshock, Watch Dogs, etc all get announced years ahead and even get delayed. If you're not ready to show the game, then you shouldn't announce it. Games are awesome, but publishers feed us with teasers, trailers and controlled gameplay demo's way before the game is ready. We're not babies that need to be spoonfed this. We want the real deal and see how the game plays, not how it looks with a CGI trailer.

Microsoft did this the most with games like Scalebound and Crackdown, but others did this aswell don't get me wrong. But i don't get excited with something that doesn't show anything.

To own them all or only stick to one console

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I've been debating with myself lately in if i should buy all the consoles or even just buy another one to sit there with my PS4. The only real reason i would do it would be for the exclusives, but there would be games i would not afford otherwise though with me just having one.

With me being a student, and a Wii U costing 550 and X1 coming in september at 700 bucks. It is still a lot of money and a lot of games i wouldn't be to afford. But i would be able to buy the exclusives on them. It's probably a question most (not all) are asking themselves aswell. I actually want to buy the other consoles because i would like to have them all, but i would also like the focus of one console and being able to explore all of the games on it.

Does anyone feel the same about this or is it just me?

My problem with Kickstarter and early access

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Kickstarter and early access have been great hits with some gamers, but not with me. The reason for that is that, you as a gamer, take all the risks for this project. You spend the money, but you're not guaranteed the product you're promised. The developer can in the end just stop making the game and take all the money without having any consequences.

A good example is with the Oculus buy out. Oculus was a Kickstarter and people supported the hell out of it. But in comes Facebook and buys it. Kickstarters should include shares or part of the company, because the reason people flipped out of the buyout was because they invested in the product with their money, and now they got rich from their investment. Again the ones that backed Oculus took all the risks by buying into this and the people behind it basicly became billionares because of it.

Now i don't mind if games have early access and want feedback, but i do not give them money for an unfinished product. Harmonix barely reached their kickstarter, but why? They have already more than enough money. They basicly rely on people funding the project for them and they get all the benefits with selling the game for a profit. I think it's wrong and you should be able to buy shares in the company isntead of empty promises

My Current Backlog June 2014

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  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 2 & 3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Crysis 2 & 3
  • Catherine
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • Mafia 2
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • Devil May Cry
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Fifa 13
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Brothers a Tale of Two Sons
  • Puppeteer
  • Batman Arkham Origins
  • Walking Dead Season 2
  • The Wolf Among Us

360:

  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga
  • Borderlands 1 & 2
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ridge Racer: Unbound
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • GTA Liberty Stories
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Modnation Racers
  • Super Stardust Delta
  • Maramusa Rebirth
  • Everybody's Golf

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Battlefield 4
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Stick it to the Man
  • Watch Dogs

Games finished last month

  • Dirt Showdown
  • Moto GP 13
  • Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 1-3
  • Wolf Among Us Episodes 1-4