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2-18-2012 @ 11:03PM
Yes it's subjective but in a way that seems like the point of this article. If we're going to continue to label players as either or, those definitions need to be clearly defined. However it may be possible that there needs to be a third designation.I view "hardcore" by the amount of time spent in game and OUT OF GAME. I'm not working on progression, and at the moment I only get to play maybe 4 hours a week (mostly rp), if I'm lucky. I visit WoW Insider and a few podcasts during my time that can't be spent doing much of anything else, this probably adds up to an hour or two. Right now I'd call myself casual.During the summer I'll have more time to raid, level alts, write a few rp story arcs and resume my gold making activities. Even if I'm not working on progression, I will be devoting more of my time in game and out of game to the hobby that is World Of Warcraft.But here in lies the problem. To be very good at this game, you have to spend time on websites or forums outside the game, or find people in game that are willing to teach you what you need to know. Either way to be most efficient you have to spend time not playing, to play well. This creates a sort of schism in the community between people who don't spend any time at all outside of Azeroth, reading up on their class, game changes, and encounters, and those who do.Typically I've found that the "hardcore" label gets thrown at anyone who goes outside of Azeroth to complete their Warcraft experience, or raids with a guild that has any kind of recruiting policy. Where as "bad", "entitled", and "casual" quite often get thrown around to describe anyone that, much like a honey badger, simply don't care.All I know for certain is that Blizzard has made some amazing changes since the middle of WotLK that has opened the door to new players, in many ways this has been amazing, in many others it's been the bane to older players. But over all, even being someone that at one time enjoyed the challenges that 40 person raids offered, I am not want for going backwards. I don't care who's elite. I don't care who the best guilds are. I'm just glad that more people are able to enjoy this game, and enjoy it the way they want.
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