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6-09-2009 @ 8:34PM
The real problem as I see it is that there are only two ways to define an MMO player: casual and hardcore. This might work fine except that nobody wants to be lumped in with "hardcore" because all you imagine is the Onyxia wipe, but frankly, "hardcore" ought to be a much broader base of players.For example, I'd say if you're consistently dedicating anywhere around 20 hours a week to WoW, you are hardcore. That is A LOT of time for a hobby. Imagine if you spent 3 hours every night playing the piano--no one would disagree, that's some pretty hardcore piano action.But even though WoW is becoming much more mainstream, it is still overall socially unacceptable. (Didn't I hear that a higher percentage admitted an addiction to porn than to MMOs?) The result is either we (the greater MMO community) need a new term like "serious" or "dedicated" or "exclusive" (think of other ways to define dating relationships... that's sad) to form a middle ground OR more players need to admit to being some form of hardcore. Otherwise, everyone will just call themselves "casual."
6-09-2009 @ 10:08PM
Wow... more people admit to porn addiction to MMO addiction? That's sorta said lol. But your definition of hardcore is basically what I agree with. I don't find people who raid and scream at others "hardcore", I also do not find competitive gamers as "hardcore."A hardcore gamer, to me, is one who plays games on a regular basis, (or in this case, WoW for a hardcore WoW player) and who also likes to read up on the latest video games, on their favourite games and just games in general (in this case, change "games" with WoW).
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