This Exploding Barrel article examines how gamers can gain both intrinsic and extrinsic benefits from playing some of their games on the Hard difficulty settings. In addition to improving your skills and increasing your feeling of accomplishment, Hard difficulty can increase the length of a game, ulock extras, and provide incentive to play cooperatively with a friend. Hard Mode: It's the new Medium!
Excerpt: "Whenever I can, I play my games on the Hard difficulty. Not that I'm not bragging about my l33t skills, or poking fun at anyone who chooses to play games on Medium, or even *gasp* Easy. Truth be told, my gaming skills are really nothing special. No, I'm just commenting on the fact that when I play particular games, I enjoy them more when the difficulty is ramped to the point where there's a real challenge, and I'm not just racing towards the climax like a virgin on his wedding night."
The article ends by asking the readers to mention which games they are proud to play on Hard.