The game is meant to be punishing however...this game was never meant to be coddling in any shape form or fashion. We've talked about different aspects in other topics regarding this, they just aren't prudent to this conversation and would take the conversation at hand off topic...but you & I have talked about this in previous topics. Also, you say "A GOOD difficult game is one in wbhich you can look back at everything you did and pull out what part you did to make yourself fail"....that is exactly what this game did before TU1 & TU2. Your decisions had adverse or positive consequences...They no longer do. I can leave my community w/out food, and it has absolutely no consequence except they get mad...that in itself is no consequence. This game never uses blind luck, but more so relies on the player to have common sense. Generally common sense will leave you with positive outcomes.