Ah the Casual vs Hardcore debate. We see those terms thrown around all the time on messages boards and forums. Casuals are bad and Hardcore are gods. Casuals are thirteen years old and Hardcores are in the prime of age (any age that is considered a 90’s kid I guess). Casual are dirty peasants living under the shade of the sun king: the HARDCORE.
Well ladies and gentleman, I’m here to annihilate this myth. Both have good qualities and big downsides.
Of course I’ll talk mostly about the multiplayer experience since, well you know, we don’t care if you are the best Mario Sunshine player there is or if you can’t even get the first ShineStar; you are alone at home (and if you are THAT good, go show it off at AGDQ).
Let’s break them down starting with the easy target, the lowly casual. There are two kinds of casual. The n00b and the veteran.
The n00b, newbie, newbs or ”new player” is the person that has just started playing and doesn’t know the rules of the game, the tricks or the order to pull the pack of mob… nooooOOOO don’t break the SHEEP YOU CASUAL NOOBIE HUNTER! DON’T NEED THAT TWO-HANDED STRENGTH MACE YOU HUNTARD!
(Was I really going to describe the noob? We’ve all seen them, as they are normally on our team not helping with the payload)!
The only redeeming quality of the noob is that either they will learn, or they will go back to Call of Duty tomorrow (insert hip hop air horn noises here please)
The second type of casual is the veteran. It’s someone who plays video games only when he has time. They are not bad, or if they are it’s just because they are learning new mechanics after a long absence of the game (hence ”veteran”). Veterans stopped playing some time ago and are just picking up the controller now that their schedule cleared up.
They might even never stop playing, but they don’t have much time to put in the game now. I’m like that, I often play when I don’t have a show, a text to write or just when I’m bored. But I can’t play as much as I want; I’d play more brother, believe me!
I don’t think either of them are perfect though. The noob, well you know…and the veteran can be arrogant. Patches goes by and they don’t read anything; wondering why they don’t do enough damage. Read your stuff you veteran noob!
The hardcores can be also divided in two types, namely the Pro and the Elitist
The Pro player
The Pro player doesn’t have to make money playing games, but they are just good. Not only are they good, but they are also kind.. not in a fluffy way. They are the kind of players that you can ask them questions about the game and they will actually try to help you. Keep them close to you as they will not only carry you to victory, but also teach you how to achieve greatness!
This one is a bad apple. Of course they are great at the game, but is it really necessary to rub it in people’s faces? I have realized that most often than not the elitist has the skills, but it wasn’t always that way. They became good not long ago and still have the feeling to prove themselves. It might also be just because they are not good at being a decent human being. They should take the time they use to gloat and actually teach other players their strategies and such.
So there are good and bad in both categories. Casuals are not all noobs and hardcores are not all elitists, and I think all the insults that are thrown around the web are directed toward them. In a way the only personality I hate are the elitists that don’t want to share the gaming experience in a good way. They are most of the problems that our community has right now, always blaming on the others. Noobs are sometimes a pain to deal with but at least they will learn by playing. The elitists are often toxic.
If you can, try to reach the status of Pro, help your fellow players! And if you don’t have enough time (or skills) be a good veteran. I’ve been playing video games all my live and I don’t plan on stopping now but I will do it by my own pace and so should you!
Casual gamer, hardcore gamers it doesn’t matter, just be excellent to each others.