I too am an adult with stuff to do, but I still prefer fewer save points, because when I know I cant die before saving, then Ill be more cautious, making the game more exciting. To date, 30 years of gaming, the best gaming feel I ever had was on ZombiU with the hardcore mode, 1 single life, if you die, you had to restart from the very beginning, you would lose the save so there was no getting back if you died.
It gave me a lot of tension, pressure, specially having to manage 2 screens, with no pause when looking into inventory and stuff, it created a lot of realism, and I actually felt myself in that world fighting to survive.
And if I lost 1 hour progress, then I would know it was my fault, and I would know I have to be more careful next time, that enhances the game for me. And I respect more developers who treat us like real gamers, there should always be an easy option for kids, even tough I'd prefer if there wasn't, I'd prefer there would be more games aimed at kids, and other games aimed at teens and adults.
But kids these days are too soft, I was finishing games like Zelda and Tomb raider back in the day when we didn't have internet and we could get any help and our parents would have no clue, we had to figure it out by ourselves, I was age 8 and I finished the first tomb raider by myself, there was no easy mode or frequent checkpoints, and there were more ways to die, jumps had to be very precise. At around the same time I finished GT, there was no easy mode, and it was hard to get gold in everything.
All other games that have restarts from a checkpoint 2 minutes ago, they all lose the impact, because you never care if you die, you know youll just get back to where you were. If gams had less checkpoints and less lives, then games would put us more on the edge, and be more realistic, example, if you fall off a cliff, you wont just magically get back in real life, that's why in real life we are more cautious and think more about the actions we do.
Worst of all was Mario odyssey, a game in where you cant lose even if you try, so what's the point, I still enjoyed the game but it would have been a much better game if you had a limit of lives, and had to really try and be careful. That's like watching someone playing the game on youtube, yeah its still cool and all but what's the point, you wont get that feeling of pressure to succeed, because you already succeeded from the get go.
The reason I started playing games in late 80's was to be able to pass the challenge of passing a level or finishing the game, they we had more challenges, to hit better scores and such. That's why games were more addictive and exciting back then.
Some modern games still have that feeling, like resogun for example, you will have to sweat a lot to complete all the challenges. And the hardest mode is next to impossible, I love it.
For me, difficulty can make or break the game, example, I loves new super Mario U, but I hated new super Mario on 3ds and wii, because those were far too easy.
People play games for different reasons and to get different things out of them. You might like the stress no saves and hard difficulty add to games, for others it simply adds irritation. However there is no problem having both! You can play any game and make a pact with yourself to start over whenever you die, or not use certain items, for example ignore all healing items.
"And I respect more developers who treat us like real gamers, there should always be an easy option for kids, even tough I'd prefer if there wasn't, I'd prefer there would be more games aimed at kids, and other games aimed at teens and adults."
I find this a rather disrespectful attitude. I guess I'm not a real gamer looking for an hour of relaxation from the day to day stress. If it's not multiplayer, it's entirely up to the person playing how they want to spend their time. I hate games that don't allow pausing and I'm glad my kids and wife are lenient enough with me to be able to race online, luckily those races aren't that long.
What's the point of playing a game you can't lose? To enjoy the game without stress. You can't lose adventure or puzzle games, plenty challenge there. For example https://indreams.me/dream/mUvEzWskFXxhttps://indreams.me/dream/mUvEzWskFXx How long does it take you to finish all puzzles. But perhaps it would be better with a timer running that resets all progress if you don't solve it in time? ;)
Mario Odyssey is awesome, got a bit too hard in the end game so I never finished collecting all the stars (or whatever the currency was in that one) I love games that don't waste my time by having me repeat things over and over.