I've been trying to fight this boss called Bongo Bongo, who basically consists of a couple of big hands on a drum; and every time he strikes the drum you lose your aim, and it's difficult. Even the FAQs say it's difficult. Apparently, the technique I worked out (with L-targeting and arrows) is exactly the right thing to do, I just haven't managed to do it enough times to kill him before I either run out of arrows, or get killed myself. Insanely difficult, and it would be easier if I had a bigger quiver (50 arrows instead of 40) or Ice Arrows, although I can't see how it would be possible to have Ice Arrows at this stage of the game without cheating. The Bigger Quiver might be possible, if I get Richard to do one of the tedious mini-games that I suck too much at. Just to add insult to injury, every time you die, you go all the way back to the start of the dungeon and have to walk through it again. There's a sort-of short-cut to the boss that cuts out a lot of the journey, but even then it still takes a good 5 minutes in real time to get from the start to the boss. Gah.
I get frustrated with games at the point when they're too difficult for me to play anymore. It's not really a surprise that I have 4 or 5 saved games sitting around the 70-90% completion mark, because my hand-eye co-ordination and timing are pretty awful. (It's also not really a surprise that the games I've completed >100%, i.e. the main game and all the side quests, are Pokemon, which use a turn-based battle system based on the strength & stats of the monsters you fight with plus some randomness; not a real-time battle technique where the physical accuracy and timing of your button presses are important). Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon used this amazing system whereby the game worked out how good a player you were and ramped up or down the difficulty accordingly. You never got told what difficulty level you were on, but there were 3 possible settings. Insomniac's later series, Ratchet & Clank, has obviously kept this, because there have been very few moments in the 2 R&C games I've played (and in Richard's experience of R&C 3) where I've thrown down the controller in disgust at how insanely difficult the game has become. I just wish all games would do this. I honestly think that, having spent £30 or £40 on a game, it should be possible for me to get to the end of it, without the experience being so easy that a "good" player would be bored rigid after the first hour. Invisible variable difficulty can't actually be that difficult to code if it was in a single-disc Playstation 1 game.
So now I'm all frustrated and feeling unaccomplished, and bad-tempered and toothy. Gaming is supposed to be fun, not exhausting and anger-making. And I want to get this damn dungeon done so I can get on with the rest of the game, but I'm just too tired to try again, now.