Anyhoo, in the second-to-final edits of the thesis, my supervisor Dr. Leslie Shade asked me to include within my third chapter, which is centered around case studies of 7 video games, my own particular position as a gamer. In other words, to answer the question- what kind of gamer are you? Upon a little thought, and research into what defines hardcore and casual gamers, I included within my thesis the designation of a hardcore casual gamer.
No, this isn't a slippery way of getting out of the question. Rather, it highlights the variety of dimensions that comprise the definitions of both hardcore and casual (nevermind the ferocious denigration connoted by each camp when discussing the other). I am a hardcore gamer simply based on the numbers per week I play video games (typically over 10 hours a week). I am a casual gamer because of the types and range of games I play. Besides World of Warcraft, I play mainly 'soft' video games, especially the simulation games I so enjoy mastering and the classic games like Super Mario Bros. I play on my emulator. I also play a few games dedicatedly and repeatedly rather than playing rapidly to completion and then moving on to another game.
As a state of mind, I would say I am a casual gamer, playing for pleasure with little motivation to play new games, but hardcore in terms of interest, seeking news daily on a salmagundi of sites and blogs daily. How would you classify your gameplay? Where do you stand on these labels, which are so pervasive I had to include them in my thesis?