Cliffy B. is balls crazy sometimes. While games may have gotten easier than say Battletoads on the NES, is that such a bad thing? That game was frustrating as h***. Also, Cliff is the king of putting in numerous difficulty settings in games, some of which are ludicrous is playing by yourself. Lastly, that comment about how games are more linear than before? What the crap is he talking about? The "open sandbox" style of games is huge right now. GTA, Skyrim, Assassin's Creed, Far Cry 2, Deus Ex, etc.