Dark Souls, From Software's 2011 action role-playing game, is known for being notoriously difficult and teaching players how to play by killing them. There's now a website that can tell you how many times you've been taught.
The Dark Souls Death Counter allows those who've played the PC version to upload their save files, which are located at Documents/nbgi/darksouls/[username], and the total death count for each character. Clicking on a "Stats for this character" button brings also brings you to a brief survey and then a comparison between your deaths and others, a global average of deaths and more. There's death everywhere.
The website is a collaborative project from four developers: Veret, who learned that Dark Souls save files include a death count; Facetank, who designed the database and wrote the Python that makes it all run; Eur0pa, who "first discovered how to extract a player's death count from their save file, using what we can only assume is black magic;" and Darkdeus, whose screenshots appear on each page of the website and in a Flickr gallery.
The next game in the series, Dark Souls 2, is set for release tomorrow, March 11, on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The Windows PC version will launch April 25. For more on the game, be sure to check out our hands-on impressions and our interview with co-director Yui Tanimura.