this whole hardcore gamer vs casual gamer... hang on, ive got a new icon on my profile.
oh cool, anyway, to the topic at hand.
right im going to have a shot at defining the two first to find out the differences between them. first, the casual gamer.
to me, a casual gamer is someone who owns maybe one or two consoles at once, doesnt play past maybe 10 at night and will always turn it off when things need doing. like the washing maybe. or going to the pub. i also see the casual gamer as being the well mannered university student. has other things to do and relaxes by either hitting the bar or playing a bit of mass effect for an hour or two before hitting the bar. he maybe an achievement junkie but wont lose sleep over getting that last achievement or rank up.
this gives a pretty clear picture of what, in my opinion, is a casual gamer.
now for the tricky part, the hardcore gamer.
a hardcore gamer devotes his life (or at least most of it) to the fine art of playing every game he owns on the hardest difficulty setting first time round and will not rest or eat until it is done. these sort of people have undeveloped social skills not because they lack metal brain capacity *cough*halo 3 junkies*hack* but because it is not necassary to complete final fantasy in 10 hours. these sort of people lose however much sleep it takes to get that last lump of gold on WoW and will happily play through GH3 on expert to limber themselves up for a good solid day of nothing but MGS2 on european extreme difficulty with nothing but the tranq gun.
i think i can make a list of requirements to see whether or not you are hardcore:
you must have:
-completed every MGS game on the hardest difficulty setting and unlocked everything thereof.
-completed GH3 "through fire and flames" on expert
-have went to a gaming convention and have had to be thrown out because you wanted to sleep there
-have sat outside a game store for exactly 4 days to get your PS3 for the sole fact that MGS4 was coming out on it.
-must own every console ever made (including the crappy ones)
-must never sell any game as it can always be completed again.
and you must also answer yes to the following questions:
-do you have a life size figurine of any game character?
-have you ever played games overnight? (from dusk till dawn and beyond)
-have you ever drunk enough caffinated drinks that your bladder begins to rupture, but you wont move because you've almost completed FF8 with nothing but the bog standard weapon?
this is a hardcore gamer in my opinion.
now to decide where you go, in the hardcore bin or the casual bin.
actually, i think its more like a spectrum. you cant just be one or the other. some of the questions i created i can say yes to so im not a total casual gamer but im not hardcore. not many people i know are hardcore and i dont think there are many people in this world that i would class as hardcore.
as to which is best. neither are in my opinion. though being a true hardcore gamer would put you almost certinaly at the bottom of my friends list, as you would not have the social capacity to communicate with ther human beings and also would certainly have lost your primal instinct of being able to pull.