I read a some people saying that those who don't want the death penalty should keep the difficulty setting at normal so the the dealth penalty is is mostly on non factor. What about those who want to use the advanced &/or Elite difficulty without having to accept a death penalty only put in the game because some whiny vrtual sadomasicists love it when a game punishes them. This game is Star trek. The federation stood for freedom of choice & self determination. Where is our choice? If you pick the higer difficulty you have the death penealty. If you don't want the death penalty then you can't use the higher difficulty setting. Also, even if the death penalty is "practically" not there, it still is ther. It is FORCED on us. Again, no freedom of choice. Why should the majority be FORCED to play the game like the minority?