For a while now, people have been trying to determine exactly what a hardcore or “core” gamer is. Thankfully that question has been answered by our good friends at NPD, a research firm for gaming. As part of a preview on their core gaming report for 2013, NPD has defined the core gamer by the following criteria.
A core gamer is a person who…
a) Owns and plays a core gaming device. This includes PC, X-Box 360, or PS3. This apparently includes Macs, but not Wii, Wii U, or any portable device.
b) Plays for more than 5 hours a week on a core gaming console.
c) Plays core games on core devices Core games are defined as action, adventure, fighting, flight, massively multi-player, racing, real time strategy, role-playing,
So, if you prefer to play on a Wii, Wii U, Vita, PSP, DS, or 3DS, I’m sorry, but you’re not a core gamer. But even if you own a 360 or a PS3, don’t get all high and mighty just yet. According to NPD, just a mere 14% of you are hardcore gamers.
So to recap. If you’re a gamer who plays Pokemon Conquest for 1 hour in a week, 2 hours of Persona 4 Golden, 2 hours of Zombi U, 2 hours of Sin and Punishment: Star Successor, 2 hours of Skyrim, 1 hour of Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, and 3 hours of Fire Emblem Awakening you are not a hardcore gamer. If you’re a gamer who plays 3 hours of Call of Duty and 2 hours of Madden, you are. Well, as long as you’re playing them on a PC, 360, or PS3 at least.
On the one hand I understand that NPD is trying to define and study a narrow group and that defining a group can be tricky. After all the collective gaming community has not been able to come up with a better definition of core gamer in the past. On the other hand, **** those guys.
Feel free to either start a flame war in the comments or have an intelligent conversation. Your choice. As always, if you want to contact me, do so @ Twitter.com/gotgamejustin. If you want to read the whole preview from NPD feel free to do so @ here Thanks to VGChartz user BasilZero for the tip.