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Goes to Eleven!

I’ve decided that “Casual” and “Hardcore” are too vague as terms. We need several coordinated sliding scales.

Scale #1: Time devoted to WoW outside the game. One end would be those people for whom the game begins and ends at the logon screen. The other end would be those people who spend -hours- reading about/writing about/listening about the game outside the game. Theorycrafters, WoW bloggers and podcasters especially fall on the high end of this scale.

Scale #2: Time spent in-game. One one end would be those people who log on for 20 mins at the end of the night one to two night a week.. because there’s nothing interesting on TV. They complete 2-3 quests and then log off. On the other end of the scale is that person who logs in for more than 10 hours a day. Everyday. Both of these people exist.. and there are lots of people who fall somewhere in between.

Scale #3: Group activities in-game. One end would be soloing. Somewhere around the middle would be 5-mans and 5-man heroics. On the other end would be 10- and 25-mans.

Scale #4: Class knowledge. One end would be that guy.. you know the one.. he got to 80 alright.. but he’s really surprised when you mentioned that he had a “decurse” skill. He’d trained it .. but had never used it. On the other end is that person who can tell you the exact duration and cooldown of everyone of his skills. He know which buttons to hit.. and which orders to hit them in.. and he know what to do to properly take advantage of any of his procs.

Scale #5: PVP Knowledge. One end would be me. I’m aware that pvp exists but I avoid it at all costs. On the other end would be those people who make up theoretical arena teams just to explore the class synergies.. and then make up the “perfect” arena team to beat their theoretical team.

I think -I- fall at around 8/11. I think my guild, overall, falls at 6/11.

I’m definitely not a top-end raider. I don’t -want- to raid 7 night a week. My ideal would be 3-4 night a week raiding.. the kind of raids that finish Naxx-25 in about 4-5 hours. Instead at the moment we’re doing 4-5 hours in Naxx-25 3-4 times each week (that’s ~12-20 hours in Naxx-25 each week).. and normally we finish 3 and a half wings. We’re not done with the content.

So.. a -truely- casual person would spend 20 mins a week soloing.. would never read anything outside the game.. and would randomly button mash. Ok.. so I’m not casual :) I blog.

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3 comments to Goes to Eleven!

  • The term I have come to adopt, especially with respect to myself, is “dedicated.” Although I think lately I’ve been edging closer to “hardcore” but only when it comes to raiding.

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  • I call myself casual in order not to scare anyone away. That is to say, as a blogger and a person with a boring job, I spend tons of time reading about WoW so that I have a very extensive knowledge of most things. As a player, I don’t want to throw that in anyone’s face or expect that anyone else spends as much time. I’m on the high end of the spectrum (even if my playtime is low) and I know it, but I’d rather play with people that sit in the middle of the spectrum. I realize they don’t always gear/gem/enchant properly, etc, but I like ‘em that way cuz they’re fun.

    I think of casual and hardcore as more of “mindsets” than actual “time spent”. This isn’t to say there aren’t really cool “hardcore” people and asshat “casual” people, just that’s the connotation I see in the community.

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  • Blessing

    Very nicely written, your points are exactly what I’m always trying to get across to people in game. I hate titles for the main reason that they are up to individual judgment. There is so many different ways “Hardcore” or “Casual” could be classified, and many views on those classifications. If we all just realized we play a game, some more than others, we enjoy it and that is all that matters. My husband plays less than I do, which means he doesn’t get to do half of what I do, but that doesn’t mean he loves it any less than I do!!

    Sorry rambling, bad to post comments when first waking up. Back to the original, great post and I love your “classifications”.

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