When I was a kid I purchased the Playstation 1 with Final Fantasy 7 and there was a part where you had a snake in a swamp and you had to get a chocobo to cross the swamp.
I didn't understand you had to get a Chocobo so instead I trained for several months to beat the snake in the swamp. Everything after this was extremely easy because I was way to high level :$
heh, I never used a Chocobo either, but instead of grinding like crazy for months (how did you not get bored of that? ) I just kept trying to outrun the snake. I did it eventually, just gotta choose the right angle and timing, stupid snake!
I found it really a challange, everyday I would just go kill monsters for 1-2 hours, give it a try, fail and close the game and play something else, then one day the snake died and I was like, YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH and I couldn't wait for the next hard boss, but that never happened xD
I guess I made it into a dark souls experience