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Can Video Games Be Too Hard?

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Posted by Allison on May 7, 2004 9:53 AM
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Ninja Gaiden
Clive Thompson of the oft political Slate Magazine has written an interesting article on gaming, entitled "Tough Love: Are Video Games Too Hard"? In it, Thompson asks of difficult games "What's the point? What adult has the time to master this stuff? Could it ever be worth it?" By using "Ninja Gaiden" as his example, Thompson ultimately comes to the conclusion that, yes, like reading "Ulysses", if you can make it through the torture that is the beginning, the payoff is huge.
Thomson also refers to those who write video game walkthroughs as "public-minded geeks"...which, I have to admit, I kind of like...

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