There was a boss somewhere in Final Fantasy IX that sent my middle school gaming career down the toilet-- Two characters were separated from the rest of the party and had to fight some sort of snail boss (It's been a long time) in order to progress the story any further. In retrospect, I'm sure that it wasn't a particularly difficult boss; I just mostly enjoyed Final Fantasy for the story and treated it like a moving comic book, and some combination of my poor understanding of the combat system lead to try after try after try of trying to beat this damn snail monster. Despite nearly snapping my control in half, I never actually managed to defeat the monster-- so the rest of Final Fantasy IX's story is still a mystery to me to this day… And I imagine some of the frustrating video game examples below have lead plenty of gamers to the same unfulfilling existence. 

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