Redefining The Definition of Casual, Core, and Hardcore Gamer

Are you a casual, core, or hardcore gamer? What does this even mean? There are so many definitions of these terms floating out there that I felt it was extremely important to define how we define these terms as a reference point for future conversations here at Nintendo Prime. Here’s how we put it:

Nathanial Rumphol-Janc

A veteran in the video game media sphere, Nathanial co-founded Gamnesia, founded MetroidWiki.org, ran the news the segment on the Zelda Universe Podcast, found and ran Zelda Domain from 1998 to 2006, and built Zelda Informer as the Editor-in-Chief from 2008 to 2017. He now owns and operates Nintendo Prime. You can follow him on twitter @NateJanc, otherwise just stay tuned at Nintendo Prime for more of his work.

  • Martin Roselli

    I think these terms are good for developers and marketing, but I sometimes feel they hold the popularity of the medium back. There are, hopefully very few, people out there who think stuff like “casual gamers opinion don’t count” and things of the like. If your grandma picks up a phone game or plays zelda for 5 minutes, you should be happy, not hate on them 🙁