As you may or may not know, Nintendo had a Press Conference in regards to their new system, the Wii U. Now with any news regarding to Nintendo most remarks they recieve were: "Another failed gimmick", "A crappy system", "a baby's toy", etc. Well now there is a huge uproar about Bayonetta 2 being a Wii U exclusive and now they are crying about why is it on the Wii U and that it should be for the other systems instead, and that no Hard-core Gamer will buy the system and game. Okay I am sick of the whole idea of a "Hard-core Gamer" and that they should never touch a lower quality game system or it's games. Well you know what, those people who claim they are "Hard-core Gamers" are not REAL "Hard-core".
First of all I want to bring up the definition of what hardcore mean:
hard-core also hard·core (härdkôr, -kr)
adj.1. Intensely loyal; die-hard: a hard-core secessionist; a hard-core golfer.
2. Stubbornly resistant to improvement or change: hard-core poverty.
As you can see from the definition it describes someone who is either Intensely loyal or resistant to improvement or change, so with that in mind we can actually seperate who are just gamers and hardcore gamers. First of all if someone was a hardcore gamer they would of played every system and every game that has been ever made, that means you will have to had played games from the Atari al the way to using a Tiger LED game, right there I basically killed the notion of being hardcore because to one you must be Intensely loyal to the genre of gaming in general and appreciate the different qualities of every game. Also just to prove another point many games have changed over time from being a 2D linear game to a 3D free roaming world with in the game, so right there you failed on the second definition if you were a hardcore gamer since you keep changing by buying the newer version and at that point they contradict each other because you would never accept the change and you will deny the other games. Now at this point we just have "gamers" but even then we can seperate them.
So in a nutshell, there is no hardcore gamer and I don't think that should be used in any viideo game discussion. To be one is impossible because you have to have full appreciation to all videogames and systems and you will be stuck with one system which basically contradicts each other. In the long run just enjoy the games as much as you can but don't judge because it's on your rival system.