I suppose everyone’s definition of what consists of a hardcore player and a casual player differs greatly from each other.
Some say “I’m casual” yet they show up to raids on time, repaired, consumables ready to go.
I don’t consider myself hardcore.
I am a casual that takes raiding seriously.
If you have any emotional investment in something, if you take anything about a game seriously, if you care at all about what happens in the game, you don’t get to call yourself casual anymore.
Take Peggle. If you are casual, maybe you’ll boot it up sometimes, shoot the ball around, bask in the glory of the shiny splosions. But as soon as you start thinking about how to get higher scores, as soon as you restart to try and clear the board, as soon as you look at the pegs and say “hmm… how can I best utilize my special power?” you are no longer casual.
A casual is someone who does not take the game seriously. Every single person reading this blog is not a casual, at least by my simplified definition.
As soon as you look at a test dummy and go “hmm…”, as soon as you check wowhead for anything, as soon as you even consider consulting a spreadsheet or theorycraft tool… that moment right there is where you crossed the line from casual to… something else.
I, for one, no longer think that there are only two sides. It is not black and white, it is not casual versus hardcore.
I’m certain there are those who are casuals. The type who dork around in STV on their hunter, chatting with friends.
There are definitely those that are deserving of the “hardcore” label, guilds like Ensidia who are willing to have 15 warlocks stand outside who’s soul purpose is to provide soulstones for as many people as possible.
Very, very few of us fit neatly on either side of the spectrum.
Why do we even need labels at all?
We’re all gamers. Some of us play six hours a day, some six hours a week. Some of us are male, some of us are female. Some of us are in Russia, some of us speak French, some of us are fifty years old.
Let’s just abolish this whole idea of casual and hardcore. Let’s abolish impossible to define, ultimately subjective labels.
I’m twenty, I’m white, I’m Canadian, I play WoW a whole bunch and I blog about it.
Who gives a shit?