Yeah, easy mode would kill a lot of the fandom. People connect over their shared experiences dealing with the difficulty. My buddy and I will go on at length about the archers in Anor Londo, or the blowgun jerks in Blighttown, or a dozen other points we got stuck on, and eventually got through. Given the story is a singular experience, you know what it means when someone says "Man...the FUME KNIGHT! UGHHH!"