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How many hours a day is considered "Hardcore"?

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  1. Fumblegrum

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    How many hours a day would you think is acceptable for the average "hardcore" mmo player?
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    I think there is more to consider when talking about the difference between 'hardcore' and 'casual.' Not just time investment, but what one does during that in-game time, how much they theory-craft, and what they do when they're not playing (check walkthroughs, look at/figure out stats, converse with other players, etc).

    For instance, I once played minecraft for at least 72 hours one week. But, I wasn't doing much besides digging and building (not exactly hard-core). But, I have played games where I would log on for only an hour a day maximum but I would sink a ton of time into learning the mechanics, different playing strategies, PvP strategies, item stats, etc., which I would consider hard-core.

    TL;DR: 'hardcore' is more than just in-game time investment.
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    I dunno I think 16-20 hours a day when grinding to max level or trying to world first raids is normal for the "Hardcore" guilds
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    i dunno you an find that people have a job and sleep can be hardcore.. they log in for 5-66 hours a day 4-5 times a week and they hit the stuff they need to hit to keep up with the curve of the top 10% does that make them less hardcore than the person who has time to grind 16 hours a day?... well to the person who has the time to grind 16 hours a day I suppose it does. My point? It's all relative andsubjective to where you already sit. I've had my community described as hardcore more often than not now so I have accepted the tag but it's never one we set out to label ourselves with if that makes sense
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    So hardcore people have the ability of logging in for 66 hours a day.....can you teach me how to get 66 hours out of a day? I sure can use some more time in my life! :D
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    42 ... obviously
    (interestingly, its 24 in reverse)
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    You're not hardcore unless you live hardcore.
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    In all seriousness though, I have seen people play games like WoW where they would come home from work at 5 and play till midnight weekdays and play 10am to 2 am on weekends. They just did stupid <REDACTED> like dailies and pet battles on multiple toons.

    The hardcore player knows how to use time efficiently. You could be "hardcore" if you logged on only to raid a few nights a week. I would say that the hardcore players are going to spend most of their time playing when new content is out and then just doing farm stuff in between patches.
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    oops derp meant 6 dam phone... but the point pretty much made itself eh :D
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    I play 7 days a week... for about 6-10 hours on work days. Non work days, I just don't sleep.... :p




    Yes I'm a loser. ;)
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    I consider the hours between 4:15 pm and 12:35 am to be hardcore. Only those hours.
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    Hardcore has also greatly changed ever since MMOs went to instanced raids. Today a hardcore raiding guild could be hardcore with only 4hrs a day. In EQ hardcore guilds needed to have a raid class group on almost all the time for most of the life of the game to go off and snipe raid targets when they spawned.
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    I would say an average of around 5hours or more on each day is hardcore.
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    Between 20-40 hours a week if you work or have college. You could still slip into casualness depending on what you're doing in-game though. So many of my friends don't glyph/gem/enchant themselves, wtf.
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    I don't really count hardcore by how many hours they play, but rather how they use their time. A casual player might go through the game for fun maybe look up a guide for skill builds if they are confused and such. A hardcore player would be the people testing builds, equipment sets, finding the best ways to PvP or raid, or just treat those things as serious business.

    One may put in more hours than the other, but that is irrelevant, personally.
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    Look up what casual means as a noun in your nearest dictionary (or search engine). You will find that it is in fact time that defines it.
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    A hardcore gamer focuses pretty much all of their free time toward the game they are actively playing.
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    Sure, I'll look it up. And I got "relaxed and unconcerned".

    Here is an example of number of hours being irrelevant.

    In a MMO I play, I enjoy slowly going through quests or dailies and spending most of my time chatting with random people in the same area of me. I didn't join a guild, or raid, or even care about optimal builds.

    My friend is in a large guild, raids, large scale PvP, but he also plays less hours then me on a weekly bases.

    Who would you consider a casual player here?
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    I used to hardcore raid in WoW during TBC with the lead-guild. We spent around 6-7 hours a day raiding, not including time preparing for raids beforehand (i.e gathering/buffing for the first time) or grinding daily quests for repair costs.

    So for me it was 6 hours a day of Raid-Time were compulsory to maintain my position in the main raid group, at least 5 days a week.

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