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Old October 31st, 2013 (08:30 PM).
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Just interested in what people have been doing. Do you play a game just for the story? Do you not mind staying at the lower difficulties and still enjoying yourself? Or do you appreciate the challenge of a harder difficulty, or even the masochism of a secret hard mode? Post what you do!

I usually like intermediate difficulties, not too easy, not too hard. I only play the hardest when it unlocks something in the game, or when I can manage it just fine.
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Old October 31st, 2013 (09:52 PM).
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I always pick normal/intermediate as well. I'm a casual gamer, though without any challenge I find playing games pointless.
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Old October 31st, 2013 (10:41 PM).
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Normal usually... Then I found out about dark souls and its been hard mode all the way since.

Story always comes before gameplay for me also
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Old October 31st, 2013 (10:47 PM). Edited October 31st, 2013 by Peitharchia.
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I find it to be quite frustrating when games get difficult. For that reason, I always play on the easy mode. If I've already played the game and am looking for a bit of a challenge, then I'll play on medium. As for hard mode, I never play, ever play games on hard. The last time I've played a game on hard difficulty was about six years ago; the game was Super Smash Brothers Melee. I was going up against Captain Falcon one-on-one, and… it was nearly impossible for me to even touch him. xD" Every time I tried to land an attack on him, he would dodge pretty easily by either jumping or running away. Not only that, but he also utilized his moves pretty powerfully. With one Falcon Punch, he was able to have me thrown from one corner of the stage to the other in an instant. Regardless of what I did, I simply couldn't defeat him. I eventually had to forfeit the match. d: If I had a bit more skill, then maybe I could've beaten him. Just maybe.
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Old November 1st, 2013 (01:31 AM).
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Normal/Hard the first time, and then i switch to Brutal for the achievements
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Old November 1st, 2013 (03:38 AM).
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I usually go with normal/medium, as I'm not that much of a hardcore gamer; however, I do try the hard level when needed/I'm feeling confident.
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Old November 1st, 2013 (03:50 AM).
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I usually play on Easy, but whenever I'm streaming I'll do normal or hard which varies on the audience request.
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Old November 1st, 2013 (07:14 AM).
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Old November 1st, 2013 (09:12 AM).
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I play my games in normal mode anytime there is an opinion on difficultly in games.
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Old November 1st, 2013 (09:18 AM).
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I usually start on the hardest difficulty and turn it down if I find it too difficult. I like a challenge though, so more often than not I stick with the difficulty I started with.
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Old November 1st, 2013 (09:35 AM).
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Old November 1st, 2013 (10:08 AM).
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most of the times right smack in the middle is what I usually play a game on. Not too hard but not too tough. Though their are some games I can handle the hard mode.
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Old November 1st, 2013 (12:01 PM).
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I play on Normal and once I beat it a few times, should I feel confident enough, I'll try it on it's hardest difficulty.
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Old November 1st, 2013 (07:02 PM).
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Usually on my main playthroughs, I go for the Normal difficulty. Not too hard, not too easy. Though, when I'm finish, I am a guy that likes to challenge himself, so, I'd like to play on higher difficulties on my second playthrough!
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Old November 1st, 2013 (07:09 PM).
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I usually play on Normal in my first play through unless normal is too easy then I'll switch to hard.
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Old November 2nd, 2013 (10:34 AM).
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I find increasingly that hard tends to suit me, but my go-to 'until proven otherwise' is normal.
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Old November 2nd, 2013 (11:12 AM).
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In the past couple of years I've tended to start things on Hard mode when there's an option; occasionally Easy mode restricts things from the player (eg. they may not be able to collect certain items), and since I don't enjoy missing out on things I tend to play on Hard these days.
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Old November 2nd, 2013 (12:12 PM).
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I always play and beat games on normal first. It gives the most realistic gaming experience because everything is balanced. Everything gets gradually more difficult, but it is still beatable without getting to crazy. After I beat a game on normal I only play it again on a harder difficulty if it unlocks something, but I tend to lose interest when doing this if it is too difficult.
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Old November 2nd, 2013 (03:19 PM).
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I usually play on Normal, as it provides a challenge without being super hyper cray cray mode.
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Old November 2nd, 2013 (10:09 PM).
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If it's my first time, Normal Mode, but if I wanna spice it up a little, I'll go full on gangsta and smash in 'A' on Hard Mode, babeh! >:D

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Old November 3rd, 2013 (03:02 AM).
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I always play on Normal. Mainly so that the game isn't too easy that I get bored of it and also so it's not too hard that I give up on it.
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Old November 3rd, 2013 (05:22 AM).
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I kind of test the game at first. If it's a game of a series which I've already played (like AOE, FIFA etc.) then I straightaway go to the difficulty I select usually in the other games of the series. I do a small run (about 10% of the game's storyline/level) and if I find it challenging in the Easy difficulty itself I stick to it, otherwise I start over (if I have to) with the harder difficulty, then same process repeated. tbh I never find myself stumbling across hard (except for AOE and strategy games) usually.
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Old November 3rd, 2013 (12:11 PM).
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Basically on the hardest difficulty. But in some cases, if worse comes to worse, then I may have to tone it down to one difficulty lower until I can clear the game in that difficulty.
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Old November 3rd, 2013 (01:42 PM).
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I always play on normal difficulty, at least to start off with. I like to get the game completed without too much struggle and I don't fancy spending more time playing through a game than I should be. If I complete the game on normal and I feel confident enough to take on the hardest difficulty, I will, as long as the game is still fun. Also, you get achievements in some games for completing parts of the game on the hardest difficulty so there's also something to look forward to.
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Old November 3rd, 2013 (06:49 PM).
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Like a few other people i do play on normal for the story but once that is over with i go on the hardest difficulty and then finish the game again. I like a challenge though most "Hard Modes" Are either cheap shots or not hard at all. Dark souls is my one true love.
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