Why video games are becoming so easy?

Undoubtedly if you've been playing video games for more than a decade you've probably noticed that games are becoming much easier than they used to be. In some older games save points were rare or non-existent and beating a game was nearly impossible. Today, most games are pretty forgiving and even a novice gamer can finish the game without too much difficulty. The Sydney Morning Herald takes a look at this shift in gaming over the past few years and tries to figure out why games have become so easy.

Recently, I was playing Nintendo's newest Mario offering, "Super Mario 3D Land", on the 3DS handheld system.

It was incredible, with beautifully designed levels and addictive gameplay. It's maybe the best handheld game I've ever played.

At one point, I died several times on a tough stage.

Then came a surprise.

When I returned to life, a pop-up box offered me an item that granted permanent invincibility. Essentially, the game was letting me stroll unimpeded through the rest of the level.

Come again?