I have opposed Ashton too many times. Allow me to side with him, in an attempt to right my wrongs.
" Analysis and strategy above a level that you find fun does not mean the game mechanics are being "cheesed" or that the game is imbalanced."
True, but you said 'above'. That implies that his level of fun is beneath.
Say 'beyond' next time.
...such is the line between mr niceguy and mr butthole.
The kids want this game; so do I. Taelus' gaming tastes otherwise conflict with mine, but I agree that games that are too technical aren't fun. Having said that, Armored Core and the Souls games are awesome because of how deep they go, but their context makes sense. Souls is supposed to be hard, and AC is supposed to be real. I disagree that DMC4 or Bayonetta go too far, but if they did get super technical, there might not be a reason for it to be super hard.