February 21st, 2014 / Category: Random / Permalink
I’ll admit, it’s not often that my thoughts can’t be expressed in 140 characters (yeah… i’m shallow). But one conversation in particular yesterday got me thinking about how we define ourselves as players, and how misleading it can sometimes be.
Wildstar is being made for Hardcores, Causals aren't really going to be able to do much.
— Scott bowdery (@Scott_Bowdery) February 20, 2014
Most commonly players tend to describe themselves as falling into one of two categories. Casual, or Hardcore. We throw the labels around as if extremes are all that exist. Black and White, one or the other…
In reality (even if they are accurate descriptions) the sheer volume of players, all playing in their own particular style means there surely has to be a more graded outlook.
Now i realise that in this scenario, the extremes aren’t so “misleading” as descriptions… those closer to the casual end are casual, those closer to the hardcore end are hardcore. Unfortunately, when it comes to what actually defines “casual” or “hardcore” you’ll find it differs from player to player.
@Scott_Bowdery I get they are saying their dungeons are tuned "harder" than current mmos. But you can be casual and still skilled… Right?
— Paul (@huntarded) February 20, 2014
It would seem there are essentially at least 3 factors in determining which side of the fence you fall on. All seem to be used interchangeably and with no specific weight given to either.
Time investment: High = Hardcore, Low = Casual
Game Knowledge: High = Hardcore, Low = Casual
Skill: High = Hardcore, Low = Casual.
In essence, all 3 of these (and any other characteristics that are bundled into our evaluation of Hardcore/Casual) can and probably should all be graded. However given the lack of any weighting, what you end up with is something akin to this:
I guess my point in all this is: Say what you mean, and be specific. If you mean Skilled/Unskilled, say so. If you mean Plays a lot/Plays little, say so. Otherwise your meaning may get lost in translation!
While you are out in the world remember: “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time!”