maybe i should git gud at writing so i can finally communicate effectively.
It always struck me as strange, and kind of peeved me off, that anyone who requested an easy mode for Dark Souls was always met with that phrase, “Dark Souls isn’t for you. Play something else.” It’s just so… dismissive. Like the community says you can’t join their club because you aren’t willing to play for the “right” reasons. They say this for basically anybody that doesn’t align with the community’s overall opinions. Want to play the game for the story and atmosphere but hate difficulty? “Play something else.” Want to enjoy co-op with your friends without having to worry about invaders because you dislike PvP? “Play something else.” There’s no attempting to help them, no trying to convince them that they’ll like it regardless of what they don’t like, no suggestions of mods that will give them the experience they want, and no opening up to let them join the community.
for the record im never going to play dark souls. never really enjoyed arpgs all that much. especially ones that are more difficult. guess i should git gud at gaming tastes. hahahaha if you actually tell me that my tastes suck ill probably do nothing but you should know that i hate you.
The rest of this blog post is going to be about arguments I’ve heard against an easy mode for Dark Souls, and my counter-arguments for them. I’m only going to use the kerfuffle around easy mode as my examples, because it’s the only time I’ve ever heard of the Dark Souls community being elitists in the way that I want to talk about here.
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Argument 1: “Dark Souls is meant to be a pure experience that is difficult as that is the entire point of the game”
Counter-argument 1: You’re trying to control how others play the game because, to you, there is only one “correct” reason and way for playing the game. Players should either experience the game as it was intended, or not bother playing. I will ask you if you’ve ever heard of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and its fan-made mod Project M. The game’s director attempted to make SSBB more casual as he wanted to discourage a specific way of playing Smash and encourage the way he wished for it to be played. This drew massive backlash from the Smash community, and they responded by creating Project M, which was them “fixing” the game so it appealed to a larger crowd. I ask you, why is restricting the experience to the “pure” one a good idea? Why shouldn’t other people be able to play the game because they might not get the “pure” experience? That seems overly controlling in a medium that relishes choices, and I would say the same of any game developer who wishes to control the experience as much as possible.
Argument 2: “If Dark Souls adds an easy mode it won’t just affect those who play it, but everyone who plays because they’ll have to design the game around it”
Counter-argument 2: The problem here is that you’re afraid the developers are too incompetent to develop an easy mode properly. I would say those fears are horribly unfounded. They have been creating the Dark Souls series as a hard-as-balls ARPG on purpose, despite knowing that making it more accessible means more money. They know how the game ticks, and what makes it a great experience, and clearly aren’t willing to make it more accessible if it means throwing away what made the game great in the first place. Not to mention the higher-ups clearly haven’t cared that the game is more niche anyways, so why are you so afraid that they’ll fuck it all up? Why do you tell casuals to never play a Dark Souls game and to stay far, far away, rather than put the onus on the developers?
Argument 3: “If more people beat Dark Souls, it will devalue all those who already have”
Counter-argument 3: This one is actually more of a problem with how you enjoy Dark Souls, and possibly life in general, which unfortunately is affecting others (and that’s why it’s a problem). You see “beating Dark Souls” as a status symbol, rather than a reward for working hard. Your enjoyment of Dark Souls is all external, you want to show off that you beat this “exclusive game” for “real gamers” and how awesome you are. You may also be a “git gud” elitist because you may beat the game after handicapping yourself and then use that to devalue everyone else’s achievements, because you’re kind of a douche and want to pump up your own ability by shitting on everyone else. Of course that’s just an educated hypothesis based on what you’re telling me. I may be entirely wrong, but it’s what I’m going with for the time being.
Argument 4: “Why can’t people understand that the game is niche and let the developers develop what they want?”
Counter-argument 4: They’re making a product, dude. People are free to criticize their product or their thought process for their product, and you can criticize those people for whatever, and they can discuss with you or argue or whatever. Don’t try to limit arguments and discussion because all you want is to have your niche game for whatever reason. Actually participate in the discussion in a constructive way rather than dismiss everyone who disagrees with you. And if the developers decide for or against making it more accessible, that’s fine, and people can still levy their complaints and so on like an actual marketplace does.
if youre reading this, then you may have scrolled right to this part or actually read the above. i honestly cant tell so just take a cookie. actually go bake your own its not that hard.
I don’t know I always get the feeling I’m wrong, but I want to have this discussion because fuck me, man. It’s interesting to me.
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