80°
Submitted by Venomousfatman 562d ago | opinion piece

Gamer Archetypes: The Hardcore Gamer – The True Meaning of Hardcore

Much like any other hobby that has ever existed, there are various levels of pride and appreciation in the world of video games. And in similar fashion there are a distinguished few who show their passion and commitment to their favorite hobby much more than anyone else. These are the people who go beyond the basic boundaries of enjoying the experience offered by their favorite video games and instead turn it into something more. These are the select few who are dubbed the Hardcore Gamer. Yet does this solely mean that they have acquired possessions or accomplished tasks to justify such a title, or rather adhere to the demands of others around them? Or is being a hardcore gamer something more misunderstood and over-sensationalized than what the reality of it is? While the masses may have a barrage of opinions on the matter, the wise and open-minded will truly understand what it means to be truly hardcore in the world of video games. (Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo, New Super Mario Brothers U, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

jaggernaut25  +   562d ago
I've always been kind of annoyed by this term. Stuff like this is entirely subjective, but society puts labels on groups of people for targeting them easily.

Great article though, really insightful on the topic.
#1 (Edited 562d ago ) | Agree(3) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
caseh  +   562d ago
Couldn't agree more !

Most people refer to themselves as 'hardcore gamers' when they play Fifa, CoD etc and slam Kinect games as casual for example. They are the core audience, mainstream, nothing more.

When I think back hardcore gaming used to mean paying absurd money for an import that was in a foreign language (usually Japanese) that you couldn't understand but wanted to play the game that bad. Or paying £1000 to own a copy of Metal Slug on the Neo-Geo.

These days it usually means people who spend a lot of time playing games.
#1.1 (Edited 562d ago ) | Agree(2) | Disagree(0) | Report | Reply
SDF Repellent  +   562d ago
I always thought the only hardcore players are those that play MMORPGs like Warcraft. I mean, I have a cousin that played the game 24/7 for 3 years straight in his parent's basement; the only times he moves is to get food and take a dump. How can you get more hardcore than that?
#2 (Edited 562d ago ) | Agree(2) | Disagree(2) | Report | Reply
mastershredder  +   562d ago
Yeah, It used to be just a diehard love for gaming (still is in my opinion). Arcades, consoles and all things gaming related. Not a dedication to a brand or countless hours spent playing a particular franchise or genre.

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
Remember
New stories
40°

The Evolution of Destiny

17m ago - Eurogamer : "From Destiny's E3 2013 reveal at Sony's media briefing to its final PS4 and Xbox... | Xbox 360
20°

PlayStation Store Preview: FIFA 15, CastleStorm, Defense Grid 2

18m ago - Push Square: "There’s nothing quite as exciting as the weekly PlayStation Store update, so we’re... | PS3
40°

Destiny Review | Codec Moments

19m ago - Roger from Codec Moments writes: Hype is a strange word. When a long awaited or much anticipated... | Xbox 360
30°

Ryse Son of Rome PC Preview (GotGame)

55m ago - "The PC version seems to be a more complete experience, the framerate is buttery smooth and the v... | PC
Ad

Destiny The Game

Now - Explore Mars, Rediscover Venus, Reclaim the moon, Protect Earth. Become Legend. The wait is over! Destiny is now available to play, Pick up your... | Promoted post
40°

The Walking Dead Season 2 Review (Spoilers Season 1 and 2) - Gamespresso

1h ago - The Walking Dead by Telltale was one of the biggest surprises of 2012, due to the success of the... | Xbox 360
Related content from friends