As a game writer and a notable analyzer of the medium, N Gai Croal has the distinct ability to put an expert lens on the most granular gamer matters.  Here in a piece for Edge-Online, Croal breaks down how action games have evolved in the way they treat player vulnerability, moments of danger, and finally loss of life.  For Croal, it s been a slide towards less difficulty and a greater embrace for the careless (read: casual or button-mashing) gamer.  The result has been a change in his own learned behavior, with much less tolerance for that most essential formula of earlier games in the genre: trial and error.

Read N Gai Croal’s article at Edge-Online {link no longer active}.