I've seen it way too much recently, too many people who claim to be hard-core gamers, those who think they know what makes a good game. These people have no idea what a hardcore gamer is. I think there are certain requirements for one to be a hardcore gamer.
1. Must be of LEGAL age to play all the best games (17+).I played games when I was a kid, and I did play the more violent games before I was 17, but my parents made the responsible choice and waited until they knew that I was mature enough mentally to not take those games too seriously. Also, back then, there was no online gaming (at least not how it is today). Today's young gamers are not only over-exposed to today's violent HD games, but they are exposed to the rude and crude talk of the older generations that could easily poison the mind of today's youth.
2. 16-Bit or less. If the first game you ever played wasn't in 16-bit graphics or less, don't even talk to me thinking that you are a hardcore gamer, get a few more years and games under your belt and then you can say something, until then, you have no credibility.
3. Toddler days... If you are one of those people who played video games before you even set foot in a school setting, or before you could form a coherent sentence I salute you. I've been playing games since I was four years old, and my first game was the original Mario/Duck Hunt combo that they had for the NES.
4. Know your Roots.NEVER forget the first games you ever really liked and played. I've seen it too many times where people think that newer is better and they keep forgetting their classic heroes. On the other hand there are those who say things in reference to this "all time greatest hero" debacle: "people are just voting for (insert classic game character name here) just because he/she is older?" No, people are voting for those characters because they are truly great characters such as Link who is an older character, but he is also undeniably a great hero whom (if you have been around since 8-bit) has seen many adventure and many top-notch games. In all honesty, people are overlooking this fact and putting their recent games ahead of the best classics, Link should have NEVER lost to Freeman.
5. Don't be a Fanboy.I can't stand fanboys. These are the people who have had one system and one system only because they think its the greatest, and they say the others suck and yet they have never owned that system or even played on it. If you only own one system you are a fanboy and are not a hardcore gamer. Personally, I've never been completely loyal to one company, when a new generation of consoles comes out, I make sure I own every one or at least try it. The past 3 generations I have accomplished this.
6. Game time. Also known as Gaming Marathons or whatever else you wanna call it. Every hard core gamer has risked starvation and sleep deprivation for their favorite game that they just had to finish. If you started playing to see the sun set, and didn't finish until you saw it rise the next morning or for it to set the next evening, kudos to you. Gaming is a hobby and a commitment with no reward but knowing that you beat that one game or got the highest score.
7. Dont forget that its only a GAME. Some will argue with me on this one, in order to be a hardcore gamer, you must not forget that its only a game, you are playing it for FUN. No game is worth getting all stressed out about, there is no reason anyone should ever take a game so seriously that they are willing to do some radical in real life to someone else. Win or lose, gaming is meant to be fun, and never forget that.
8. Multi-player. Online gaming is HUGE nowadays, and with the internet being what it is today, there is no excuse for anyone not to play online with other people. Even before online gaming, you could always play with your friends on split-screen or something. If you never play with others and don't experience what the multi-player side of the game has to offer, you are not taking that game to its full potential.
That's all I can think of, and I'm open to suggestions. Oh yea, I got this picture too that can be found on ( http://www.ctrlaltdel-online.com/comic.php) its a picture of the commandments of gaming which I really think applies in this situation and I am a huge fan of the Ctrl+Alt+Del comics by Tim Buckley.