In today’s episode of Chat Bubbles we want to know if you consider yourself a casual or hardcore MMO player. These are perhaps two of the most overused words that MMO gamers use, and to make it worse, everyone has their own definition of what they mean.
Being casual or hardcore could mean how much time you spend playing your favorite MMO. It could refer to your knowledge or skill in a game. Things aren’t always cut and dry, however. What about the guild who raids four nights every week but isn’t skillful enough to make much progress in the heroic modes? Are they casual because of their skill ceiling or hardcore because they spend 15 hours every week raiding? What about the girl who absolutely destroys people in PvP, but doesn’t have a high rating because she can’t play often?
I mentioned on GuildCast a few weeks ago that I considered myself a hardcore Guild Wars 2 player. Oh no! I said the buzzword. I should have known better, but of course the immediate reaction was, “Ha! Richie hardcore? That’s a good one.” I considered myself hardcore in the sense that I put a ton of time, energy, and passion into playing, writing about, and making videos about Guild Wars 2. I was not, however, suggesting I have legendary weapons pouring out of my orifices and an unstoppable force in world vs. world!
In general, I hate these labels that are constantly used to stroke egos and put other people down. But the words ”casual” and “hardcore” seem to incite people to comment and therefore it makes a perfect topic for a show based around community discussion.
Here’s an opportunity for the denizens of the internet to chime in and tell us how you personally define these ambiguous terms and then let us know if you consider yourself casual or hardcore. Chime in and let us know what you think about this never-ending debate.
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