@martez87: @csl316: Agreed. I think the gaming press played a huge role in perpetuating this misconception. Very few press members actually really "got" the Souls games 2 or 3 years ago while many (including the GB folks) just turned up their nose and ridiculed the Souls games as being up their own ass because of the perceived extreme difficulty. Only after the community of these games grew, many press members came to understand that these games are not what they themselves made them out to be. It just goes to show how utterly disconnected the enthusiast press can be from "common" gamers. I also believe that many unfortunate developments stem from the gaming press' different perspective on games, being under a tight schedule all the time and therefore preferring short games that are easy to breeze through etc.
It's too bad that the misconception about the Souls games' difficulty still persists. For example, none of my real life gaming buddies will touch a Souls game because they think these games are insanely difficult, no matter how much I tell them that that's not true.