It’s safe to say that Dark Souls and its newborn sequel command a strong influence over their audience.
Most folks attribute this to its brutal-yet-rewarding difficulty and the get-it-done, pioneer mentality it inspires in its world design, but this is not the full picture of its importance. Writing for Paste, Samantha Allen draws a parallel between Dark Souls‘ insistence on making the player find their way with her own impending genital reassignment surgery. In its way, Dark Souls has prepared her to face the uncertainty that will arrive with her new body. This the latest great example in a growing list of just how deeply Dark Souls has affected its audience.