Why is it funny?Reviews have been a thing since forever.It's made from people that dedicate their times to seeing the quality of a product so we have more information about it and make an informed purchase.I don't see how funny that is.
If the discussion was about your own personal experience about difficulties and such then yeah, reviews would hold small weight compared to your own personal opinion.But thats the point: It's not about you.We are discussing about how difficult games should remain unchanged for their games, affecting everyone.In this context, the aggregate of "official" reviews are more important, because they better represent the overall public opinion of a game.Or are you saying that your opinion alone is more important than hundreds of one to the general public, and we should just ignore them because they are trash?
Otherwise I could easily say: "I am of the opinion that hard games are the best and no easy game should exist.There, my opinion is absolute.End of discussion".And, as you should have guessed, that's not how a discussion works.
It's always funny when people try to use review scores to "prove" something. I mean, you're the one that said opinions are like assholes. Well a bunch of assholes are just as bad (probably worse in actuality) than a single asshole. Of course their weight is subjective to, so if some people want to hold them up as the holy grail then they're welcome to (they should also expect to be mocked for that though. Pretty sure there was a thread a little while ago about somebody that based all their purchasing decisions on review scores, needless to say they got mocked a bit for that.), but to me they're worth absolutely fuck all. The opinion of any random user on this site would be worth more to me than every single reviewer put together.
Besides, the whole review score angle is kind of moot anyway considering you can like something and still want more options in it, it doesn't have to be one or the other. That's even the whole point of DLC. People like something but still want more options. The lack of those options in the first place doesn't make them dislike the game (usually at least, some people do get pissed, and often rightly so, when stuff that is released later that they think could've been in the base game), and their addition later also doesn't make them dislike the game (again, usually at least. Pay to win stuff and predatory DLC practices are good ways to get people to stop liking a game).
And thats the thing: Reviews are held up in high esteem.Otherwise they wouldn't be discussed in the first place, or people wouldn't get mad at them.Why?Because people(in general) base some of their purchase decisions on them.Why? Well, nobody wants to buy something they don't like, and end up throwing their hard earned money away. Isn't it obvious? I don't understand how you can't grasp that, especially since you are not a new member.
Of course that you end up favoring someone or some other channel more, either because they explain things better or simply because their tastes align better to your own(and thus you can be more precise on whether you will like that game or not) but overall, yeah reviews are taken seriously(outside of those awful reviews, in which the reviewer clearly dosen't know what he is speaking about), and outside of extreme cases on which people base sorely on one metric to see if they will like a game, people use them to inform themselves and make a decision.Never saw anyone being mocked for that.
And finally, you touched the exact point on why your arguments are weak or flawed: You are not presenting any of them.No evidence.You are just actually presenting your own opinion, as clearly shown in your first paragraph(People being mocked because they use reviews to help them better purchase games lol).You think that all games should have more "options" because it would make more gamers buy them, and yet difficult games are selling more and more.
And what's that about DLC?That doesn't even make sense in the context of the discussion.... of course people would want more of a game they like.What does that have anything to do with difficulty?
Edit: Forgot to mention that Dark Souls even kind of have an easy mode: That being the ability to let someone join your game and help you, which makes things super easy.I mean, even if the word "options" is used in the wrong way in this discussion, Dark Souls, or most hard games usually have plenty of "options" for players having difficulties to beat those odds.
Personally I hate the multiplayer, it breaks the game in my opinion, but I respect the developer option to leave it there.