Dark Souls is not for everyone; in fact, it's probably not for most people. That's fine. For the rest of us, it's a game that can exist without hype, hyperbole, or the grasping hands of marketing. It's a game for gamers, a game that brings back the core pillars of gameplay from long ago dressed in the latest and greatest technology that modern gaming has to offer. It is a game that one can spend hours in and still not scratch the surface. It is a game that, above all else, serves as an experience that shows the world that imagination, the sense of challenge and discovery, is not dead, and that no matter how casual or mainstream games become, the heart of gaming, the essence, the very soul of why we game, is still alive and burning white-hot. Even if that flame is buried under 90 hours of darkness, despair, and overwhelming challenges.