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Are video games too hard???

I read this article about Auto-dynamic difficulty in gaming. The idea is that as you play the game, it adjusts the difficulty automatically to your skill level. Changing values such as how hard you hit and how hard you’re hit back. Makes a lot of sense to me. I’m never sure what level I should set the game to in order to get the most out of it.

Racing games have it easy, take Project Gotham 2 for XBox. The difficulty is tied to reward. If you try a harder level, you get a better reward, but it’s essentially the same goal regardless of the difficulty, and you can always come back later to the earlier easier areas and try them at a higher difficulty setting, once you’ve had some practice.
First person shooters and strategy games, are a little trickier. Splinter Cell, a game where you’re a CIA operative, can be down right frustrating with it’s difficulty at times. I’m not a hardcore gamer, so I spent quite a bit of time redoing the early missions until I had it right. All of it being required practice for the insane difficulty of the missions to follow.

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Mark January 23rd, 2004 4:43 pm

UMMMM I am not sure but doesn’t the fact that you go back and redo levels make you a hard core gamer?