That's why Demon's Souls can suck my turn-ups, because at that point, it wasn't a test of skill, but of my willingness to roll over and take it like a bitch. It was like playing a game of Simon programmed to poke me in the eye with every second note.

Whoa, actually, hold the phone, I've just thought of a solution to that accessibility vs. challenge dilemma mentioned earlier. What if, like, at the start of the game, you could choose your level of competence? Say you could pick one option that would make enemies weaker and the player more powerful, and there'd be another option that made the enemies stronger and more numerous. And maybe there could be another setting in between for people who aren't sure where they fit. Man, that's a great idea. If only someone had thought of that before Demon's Souls came out.

"Good review by the way, although I was hoping you'd review Silent Hill: Shattered Memories."

The PAL version isn't out 'til February, I'm afraid. Plus it's a Wii game, so I'd need to get past region encoding if I tried to import it. I still have my Freeloader disk I used to play Smash Bros Brawl with, but Nintendo (being evil and everything) put out an update to make it stop working. In the meantime, worst comes to the worst, an unusually large number of development ninnies missed the 2009 Christmas deadlines, so quarter 1 of 2010 has a surprisingly large number of big releases which I'm sure will keep me ticking over 'til Feb.

This is assuming Shattered Memories doesn't get refused classification, of course. There's actually been some movement in that area: The Australian government have released a discussion paper on whether or not to introduce the adults only rating. It's a positive step, but I can't help but wonder if this is just a temporary appeasement being thrown out to silence the pitchfork-wielding mob while Frankenstein's monster remains locked up safely in the castle. My understanding was that most people (including 5 out of the 6 Australian attorney generals) already agree that the certification is necessary, and the only obstacle remaining is Michael bloody Atkinson refusing to give the 6th consent that's needed to make it happen. Still, at least we know the issue's getting around.

Incidentally, Atkinson went on record recently about his breathtakingly stubborn position, stating that most people don't want the R18 rating and that the people who do are just a vocal minority. Okay, then. So I guess since we're such a small number he'll have absolutely no objection to me, say, posting his email address(

Yahtzee is a British-born, currently Australian-based writer and gamer with a sweet hat and a chip on his shoulder. When he isn't talking very fast into a headset mic he also designs freeware adventure games and writes the back page column for PC Gamer, who are too important to mention us. His personal site is

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