Wherein I write about my appreciation of the resurgence of difficult video games.

The Saas Perspective

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One of my earliest video game memories, beyond vague glimpses of my dad and his friends playing Super Mario Bros. on the original Nintendo Entertainment system, was picking up a Sega Genesis game based around Terminator 2: Judgment Day. My dad used to rent Sega Genesis games for me from the local grocery store every now and then, and considering the film’s tie-in to a major motion picture, I understand why my dad picked that game that weekend. I never even beat the first level. I’m sure part of that can be chalked up to the fact that I was probably six or so, but modern games have largely abandoned the hellish difficulty of the games of my youth.

I had both the Aladdin and The Lion King games for my Genesis. Those were explicitly games for children. They also both have reputations for sections that are hair-pullingly…

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