Okay time to be a grumpy old man.
Dark Souls isn’t that hard.
Seriously. Dark Souls isn’t that hard. Yeah, it’s hard but it’s not that hard. You can and should feel proud for beating it but god stop being a dick about it. Playing Dark Souls does not make you some sort of god gamer. Your average gamer, with some dedication, can beat the game. Even a bad gamer has options, such as summoning help and leveling allows players a way to trade time for easier advancement. It’s hard, but it does not put you into some elite club of “hardcore gamers”. You are now not the mediator of what is or is not casual. You beat a fucking Triple A console game, chill the fuck out.
Fuck in my day, back on the NES, you weren’t really expected to beat your games. If you did, that was awesome, but you didn’t expect it. That didn’t make us hardcore. We were just gamers. We played the games and enjoyed our selves. Then the SNES came out and more games became “beatable”. This didn’t make us “less hardcore”, it just changed the experience. Arguing “hardcore” vs “casual” is such a stupid sliding scale. I’ve pointed this out before but LOOK AT THE SHIT OTHER PEOPLE AROUND YOU IN GAMING HAVE ACCOMPLISHED!
You have people playing fucking invisible tetris, people with a billion APM playing Starcraft, speedrunners, people playing bullet hell shmups, oh my god the list can go on and for the most people those people have better things to do than to jerk off about how cool and hardcore their thing is (and when they do jerk off, it’s usually NOT by the players of those genres who are any good).
You’ve done something a ton of people have done. You can be as happy as you want about that fact but DO NOT use it as an excuse to put your self ‘above’ other people. There are people who make you seem like a fucking videogame toddler and they shouldn’t be dicks either.
I’ve been saying this shit for years.