So we should remove every type of challange to not “stress out” people over virtual items?
Sorry but if you get stressed out over getting or not getting items then it’s not a gameplay design fault but more of a mental issue that you yourself create.
A game is primarily made to be fun, fun is very subjective but overall there is a consensus that games which create no kind of challange for the player are the ones that are less fun. Having a challange does not always equal “stress”, playing in a very close sports match can be stressful but in a good way, having a challanging encounter in a game that requires you to focus a lot can be stressful too but compared to the pressure that is created when being late while being stuck in traffic are two completely different things.
I know, lots of people nowdays are not used to this because games became extremely easy and simple over the last few years but comparing these games with the old, more challanging ones I always hear myself thinking or saying “Old games are somehow more fun most of the times…”
The same can be applied to Age of Conan: take the old Zodiac fight in T4 and compare it to the new, nerfed version. The old one was a far bigger challange in most aspects and exactly that made it fun, now in the new version you can go AFK between the phases, in one PUG raid the raidleader even said that we could take a break sonce he was answering a phone call.
Right now I am playing through the Fallout games starting from the very first one and god d*mn, the first ones are a hell of a challange, even though I played them several times I still discover new things, learn new tricks and have problems taking on certain enemies while in the new games, especially Fallout 4 (though I still love it) the overall challange got reduced drastically just to make players feel great about themselves - just as an example: Getting a power armor (probably the best armor sets in the whole game series) in Fallout 1 and 2 takes you several hours (if not days) of game time and good decisions while in Fallout 4 you simply walk along a street and get a full set of power armor for free, just like that, nothing required.