I bought this game the Thursday it was released. I knew it was supposed to be painfully difficult. I knew I had some mental issues... But I also had a lot of free time and a love of RPGs and sword and sorcery in general. I'm 40 years old, married, no kids. Mid life crisis full effect.
I played as a wanderer my first character. A disaster. I'd never played Demons Souls, so I was brand new to the controls. Died over and over on the Asylum Demon. F**k. Gave up for a while. Few hours later, I tried a Bandit character. Killed the Asylum Demon on the first try. Felt like a bad ass.
Grinded away for several hours. Became hooked on the forums here and the Gamespot forums as well. The goddamn game wouldn't leave my head. I could not stop thinking about this damn game.
Long story short: I never got to kill the Taurus Demon. I came close the first few times. After that I got sloppy, or else I was trying too hard to emulate youtube videos I'd seen. I ended up on my fourth character after reading the forums extensively... a pyromancer... I still couldn't beat the fu***cking taurus demon. I was literally dreaming about this game by now. I was becoming short tempered towards my wife, the one person who I really love on this earth.
I tried grinding out more levels on the sly... late at night after my beloved wife was asleep. Still getting killed. F***ck this I thought. Leveling doesn't do much iot seems.
One last rage quit. It was seven days after getting the game. I live in a big city surrounded by a few universities... there's college kids all around me.
I put the game on a newspaper box with a note attached: "Free game: it will ruin your life. You're welcome"
I went out a few hours later and it was gone. I obsessively thought about the game for weeks afterwards. I still think about it. I just don't have the patience or the time to do it. Dark Souls taps into the casino slot machine/ MMORPG kind of reward center of the brain.
Anyway, thanks for reading.