I have seen a few “you’re not a real gamer if” posts floating around on the internet, so it got me wondering, does it matter what difficulty you actually play games on? It seems to me that gate keeping within the community seems to be growing stronger by the day, which baffles me. We all share the same interest as gamers, we might not all enjoy the same things, but we play games.
Gameplay difficulty seems to be another subject matter that leads to gate keeping. With games like Cuphead and the Dark Souls series, known for their difficult gameplay, it gives me the impression that some people assume that’s how things should be.
Difficult games have been around for as long as gaming has existed, older titles that stick out to me, in particular, are the NES Castlevania games, Ninja Gaiden, as well as games like Wolfenstein and Doom.
I used to feel ashamed at the thought of playing games on easy, what would people think of me? I have mellowed out over the years, I am currently playing Persona 5 on the easiest difficulty, and I am having a blast!
I’ve been enjoying the story and I have been progressing at a very comfortable rate. I used to be prone to horrible bouts of game rage in the past, this would affect my enjoyment of gaming back then. It took me until this year to realise that I’m not going to excel at any game off the bat, or I just might not be good at one particular genre. The idea is to have fun. Fun itself is subjective, what I enjoy, you could possibly loathe.
I wrote a post about game rage a little while ago, I’m still proud of it, so here’s some cheeky self-promotion, you can find that post here.
If you enjoy crushing difficulty in games, go nuts. If you just want to chill on an easier game, or difficulty, more power to you. There is no place for gate keeping, gaming as a whole gets so much slack as it is!
So, what are your opinions on game difficulty making you more or less of a gamer? I used my personal Twitter to gather this information. Take the results with a pinch of salt, social media isn’t always a reliable place. 😊
Gyda chariad, Stace x