Any difficulty lost was solely grinding in the older games. It was never hard, just mind numbingly boring
Time wasters being removed sounds good to me
The pokemon games have always been ridiculously easy
edit: As long as they are trying to balance the game towards XP share in mind I think its a good solution. Now the question is actually "what poke is the correct one to use here" and not "well I need to keep grinding this guy"
The outrage at GTA5 makes me kind of angry, but more than anything it makes me feel helpless.
I don't see any way of defending it as a male gamer, who sometimes posts comments on the internet.
All I can say is that I don't think the game is alienating to female gamers. I don't think the torture scene is offensive; it does its job at being uncomfortable. I don't think that everything that happens in a games story needs to be morally analyzed and picked apart