The Daily Grind: How do you define hardcore?

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The Daily Grind: How do you define hardcore?
Earlier this week, a Massively commenter suggested that a games writer who doesn't raid constantly is by definition casual. Our columnist argued that to a games writer, a raiding endgame is just one kind of gameplay, that she felt obligated to do and write about more than just raiding, and that her considerable ("embarrassing" I believe was the word she used) playtime alone made her hardcore. And some games don't even have raiding to begin with!

I found the conversation interesting because it shows that many of us disagree on what terms like casual and hardcore mean. I think hardcore comes in all flavors: hardcore sandboxers like Jef, hardcore PvPers like Patrick, hardcore roleplayers like Eliot, even hardcore traders like me. There are even hardcore dabblers, who turn trying out new games into an 80-hour-a-week endeavor.

But today, we're asking you -- how do you define "hardcore"? Is it about breadth vs. depth? Time invested? A specific, arbitrary activity? Honorable kills? Or do we use the terms merely to minimalize others -- is it time to retire these words in a genre so enormous?

Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!
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