Not that I have much to say to this (non-parent) but if he truly has this mindset at that age I must applaud him for being clever about how to use occasional self-sacrifice to further his own interest.
But I understand the general tone here. The Industry-focus as a whole has shifted. Nintendohard is no more. That Games like Dark Souls thrive is a statement to the need of (more adult?) gamers for the challenge which isn’t en vogue anymore because instant gratification and “feel good” empowerment drives sales.
Sure back in the old days, we all had our "throw controller into wall/TV/out of window moments as well but we needed to learn to live with our failures because…there was no alternative. Out of necessity (storage space on disks/roms) hard games were a feature everyone had to work/live with.