What is a hardcore game?

#1TheMisterManGuyPosted 7/11/2013 12:43:56 PM
Since the term hardcore has become a convoluted mess, what do you consider a hardcore game?

To me, a hardcore game is a game that has a degree of legit challenge and depth. Games that are built with the gamer in mind. Platformers, Action games, Adventure games, RPGs, Fighters, and Arcade games, Shmups are all hardcore games IMO.
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#2BobGuy128Posted 7/11/2013 12:45:26 PM
See my signature for my opinion on hardcore and casual games.
The terms "casual" and "hardcore" are meaningless, please stop using them.
#3NiftyManZPosted 7/11/2013 12:49:51 PM
A hardcore game is a phrase used by the media to increase interest in games.
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#4ViperEO2Posted 7/11/2013 12:53:21 PM
Hardcore games have adult stuff, like violence and excessive blood and gore, duh.
#5geneticsftwPosted 7/11/2013 12:56:59 PM
Anything released on $ony, M$ and not Nintendo.
#6TerotrousPosted 7/11/2013 1:05:42 PM
The "legitimate" answer is that it's a game whose fanbase consists mostly of hardcore gamers. It's not an absolute, there are always some hardcore gamers who like any given casual game and vice versa, it's just trend analysis.

There are a number of reasons that this could occur. The most obvious one that people focus on is difficulty, as a high difficulty level can be off-putting to casual gamers and thus you'd be left with a game that mostly hardcore gamers like. However, you could also have a game which is simply very obscure being hardcore as well, because only very dedicated gamers would even know what it is.
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#7Fusion916Posted 7/11/2013 1:07:55 PM
Visually appealing, complex/challenging gameplay, and an complex story.

Last of Us as an example.

Mario Kart, Smash Bros, and Zelda is what i would call casual.
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#8LemonKweenstaaaPosted 7/11/2013 1:12:37 PM
How the hell is Zelda casual?
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#9jrb363Posted 7/11/2013 1:14:05 PM
It involves hentai. Lots and lots of hentai.

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#10WillWarePosted 7/11/2013 1:14:29 PM
What do we define as a hardcore game?
A game that isn't casual.

What do we define as a casual game?
A game that isn't hardcore.

I'm as confused as you. I think people just make up terms to feel superior.
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