Mike Hirst discusses choosing to enjoy the narrative over the challenge through the manipulation of the difficulty setting. Is it more satisfying to play a game on an easier difficulty setting or not?

Dear readers, it has come to my attention that I need to get something off my chest, something which will make me seem like less of a man. You see I have a secret. I am a coward, a wuss, why? Because I play games on Easy.

Throughout my gaming life I’ve always wanted to keep pace with my friends, those with somewhat superhuman abilities for completing games on Normal or Hard – or so they say. I didn’t want to miss out on discussions at school regarding a certain narrative point in Final Fantasy 8, or Resident Evil, Starcraft and even Half-Life.
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