What is a Hardcore Gamer?

Fire Emblem RoyHey, don’t complain about me writing about stuff other than Fire Emblem, you at least get another day (or two…or three) before I write that inevitable Shadow Dragon post that explains why the game’s 10x better when you embrace killing your units.

Instead, I’ll tell you my understanding of what a Hardcore Gamer is.

Well, actually, I can just say how I am not a hardcore gamer:

1) I no longer play any games with the amount of fervor that I did in the past. Aside from Fire Emblem — which, conveniently, is what this blog’s all about — I have not sunk my teeth into a game since Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn was released in 2010. (I only beat the game once.) But that doesn’t count, since I had been waiting years for another game in the Golden Sun series. So I’ll throw a curveball at you: the last game I played with much enthusiasm and almost every day…was Tatsunoko Vs Capcom. That came out in 2010. I played that game over and over for two years. That’s it.

2) I haven’t played a shooting game in years. Like, the last shooting game I played was Gears of War, and I brought that for cheap one day, sometime back in 2011 or something. I didn’t play it for long. The last shooting game I played and beat with great energy…was Resident Evil 4. On the Gamecube. Yeah, that’s a long time ago. But, in a way, it’s not a real shooting game. It’s not like there were so many different guns and stuff, and you had weapons aside from guns, and there were problem solving puzzles and stuff, so let’s narrow it down even further: the last shooting game I played, and beat, and liked…was Halo. 2. Yeah, I don’t think I need to tell you how far back that was. Now, I did buy a Medal of Honor game for the Wii, never beat it; Gears of War, like I mentioned, never beat it; and probably some other shooting games that I can’t remember. Whatever the case, I’m genuinely never impressed with shooting games, unless there’s more elements to it. Or something.

3) I no longer play Madden games. I have a list of Madden video games that I brought from 2004 to 2008. I was in love with that franchise. I balled out on Franchise Mode, turned teams around that were historically terrible in the NFL, and killed teams…in rookie mode. Hey, at least I was obsessed! But then when I got the 2008 edition of the game, something changed. It added a ton of new features…or felt overly complex…and less fun. Playing it was a chore. Before I knew it, I got tired of it. And I haven’t played a game in that series since.

4) I don’t get any of the next gen systems. As in, I don’t have the money to purchase any of them right now (since lol jobless), so of course I’ll get farther behind in keeping up with the latest generation of games. But I never did get a PS3, never did get a Vita, still don’t have a Wii U, still don’t have a XBOX 180 I mean Xbox One or a PS4, etc. And none of the games, from my current perspective, seem that interesting. I say current perspective, because I do plan on at least getting a Wii U for Smash Bros and SMT x FE, so once I decide to get a system, I’ll start looking intently. But right now, everything is a blur and I have no time to care about it.

So, I don’t know about you, but I definitely am not a hardcore gamer. I still keep up with as much game news as possible, so I might know some things, but otherwise, I don’t play games that often. So that then leads to the ultimate question:

Who Cares?

I mean, sure, it’s great to give people a label and all, but so I’m a casual gamer — though my understanding of casual gamer is those who play stuff like Wii Fit or Wii Sports, or any of those Kinect games or something like that that makes a casual gamer, oh and those Brain Age games too — why are you concerned about me being a casual gamer? Is gaming on such a downturn that I have to be a hardcore gamer? Is the ignorance level so high that I have to get smart about the developers intentions behind each and every game?

I’ll just say this: yes, there are people who play games and act like they know it all. They know jack shit. But they attempt to act that way anyways. Yes, those people kinda suck and take the fun out of gaming. But considering that there are things in life that are more important than gaming, not everyone has to learn every single detail about a medium, or play a certain game to fit in (I mean seriously are we back in grade school again), etc.

It comes down to four things:

  1. Understand your limitations.
  2. Be respectful.
  3. Just play games.
  4. Then play the games you know you’ll like.

Now expect me to write a post that doesn’t talk about Fire Emblem two months from now.

About Walters

Lonely Fire Emblem fan. Almost a FE apologist.

16 thoughts on “What is a Hardcore Gamer?

    • True, age is a factor, and if it’s not your day job, it’s really hard to find time to play a game. But who knows, may have just lost passion for it. It happens to the best of us.

  1. I’m not a hardcore gamer, not a casual gamer either, but what I’d call an actual Gamer. With a capital G.

    That’s anyone enjoying video games as a medium, let it be PC, console or smartphone games, and who considers it one of his/her favorite pasttimes. Let it be Candy Crush, Call of Duty, Pokémon or pretty much any game whatsoever.

    You hardly hear movie fans and bookworms cathegorize themselves that much, so why would we?

    • Thats a good point. I guess a factor in the “hardcore” title would be how much time gets invested. A decade ago I could invest my entire day or week even in a game. Now? I got bills to pay, can’t spend all day playing games. (as much as I would love to)

    • Hmm, there are those movie elitists who went to film school and try so hard to denounce everything about a movie, so I’m pretty sure there’s a category there. Whatever it is. But you’re probably right about books. I rarely hear any categorization there.

  2. This article is profound in it’s explanation of what we commonly acknowledge today as a ‘gamer’. What is a gamer in truth? Well my analysis of your article has raised me minor questions. I thoroughly enjoyed it;

    A hardcore gamer…the cream of the crop, the MLG of the Halo, the no-HUD sights, the powerful ones, the ones who do not give up. It is no doubt that hardcore gamers are strange in their own insights and cannot fathom the understanding of other gamers who just play because they want to. However, they are also hypocritical and elitist.

    To play a game differs from one person to another. It reminds me of the struggle of power between Leon Trotsky and Josef Stalin over who would exceed Lenin. Honestly, it’s just like that. This is because people believe that their hardcore gaming is more important and makes them better than the average gamer. A theory was proposed in a psychological study by psychologist Henry Tajfel, in which he created the ‘social identity theory’ meaning the ‘ingroups’ and ‘outgroups’ and showed they would have potential bias towards both. It is funny how you think about it – the human race has so many different beliefs and this is what causes the immense conflict between our natures when we are all but one, who derive from the sentence of the intellectual beings, “I think…therefore I am.”

    A very good article, very informative. Your points such as the shooting, madden games, and next-gen consoles are excellent points and the satire behind this article is so satirical that it sprays vinegar onto cuts. Albeit a strange metaphor, the meaning behind it is much more provactive than the word itself.

    And I fully agree with you – who really cares about what they think?
    I look forward to more.

    -Hiei

    • “who really cares about what they think”

      You’d be very surprised who cares. But hey, we’re human so you can expect people to be affected by words and stuff. And conversely, expect people to want to make that person feel inferior to them. It sucks. But that’s life.

      • That is very true. I am sorry for such an ignorant comment. I just cannot stand people who will make fun of others or go hardcore to the extent over what types of video games they choose to play.
        It is of the most annoying level of arrogance.
        Unfortunately, that is life, indeed.
        I look forward to more articles, Walter.

        -Hiei

  3. A “hardcore gamer” is a person who suffers from a condition where the oxygen and water content of the body is swapped with the carbon content instead.

    And they play games and complain with that condition.

  4. I can’t say I’m a hardcore gamer these days, more than anything because I just don’t have the time to spend on games the way I did when I was younger. Granted, I don’t think I’ve ever considered myself a hardcore gamer (it’s generally accepted among my group of friends that I’m a hardcore casual player of sorts, if this makes sense) but it used to be one of my biggest hobbies that dominated all of my time but now I just don’t play all that much. That’s not to say my interest in games has died out, I’d love a good game just as much today as I did in years past. But with my fixation on anime and lack of proper free time to enjoy what I’d like, it’s sad to think that my gaming has dropped so much.

    At the very least, I do plan on majoring in computer science with the possibility of going into game design so that would most certainly spark more interest in going back to gaming. I’m still not entirely sure about how all of that will play out though so I’ll see what happens.

    And it’s truly a shame that so many people are fixated on their labels and classifications as being “hardcore” and fitting in with the crowd. Pretentiousness of that sort really does irritate me and I can’t stand when people look down on others for having “inferior” taste (as if such a thing could possibly exist with a subjective entertainment medium) or act as if their opinions are more valid than anyone else’s. People should be free to enjoy what they enjoy, and it really does spoil things when others can’t understand such a concept.

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