@patrickklepek I think Demon/Dark Souls' "veterans" are often times just frustrated by how the game is talked about. So, though you don't owe anyone an apology, I think it's pretty clear you understand the game by what you said above and I wish you the best of luck in Dark Souls 2.
Also, tell Jeff to quit being a baby and play Dark Souls. Just tell him it's basically a fighting game but you need to be more patient with your counters and movement...it's like Divekick, tell him it's like a more methodical Divekick - I think he'll understand that.
Fighting games and Dark Souls have a lot in common. Understanding the risk behind throwing unsafe moves out with a lot of recovery, analyzing player behavior to counter. You saying you need to be more patient with counters and movement in Dark Souls is selling a fighting game short, however.