According to a Gamasutra interview of Jessica Mulligan, I am clearly in the Moderate gamer club. I am no longer Hardcore. Well, if I was ever Hardcore, I was borderline Hardcore at best.
In the interview, she splits gamers into three groups:
- Mass Market: time and price sensitive, 75% of the market generating 5% of the income.
- Moderate: time sensitive only, 15% of the market generating 15% of the income.
- Hardcore: neither time nor price sensitive, 10% of the market generating 80% of the income.
I am time sensitive but I’m not price sensitive. Monthly fees don’t bother me but I do need to feel some fun and/or progress for my time spent playing. I compare my time spent, not my money spent.
I think the reason World of Warcraft is doing so well is because it has tapped into the Moderate gamers deeper than any other MMORPG has before. It also seems that Guild Wars is targeting the same market. I’m just not sure that a lot of PvP people are also Moderate. My hunch for that comes from the Honor System added recently in WoW. It has driven me away as it increased the amount of PvP going on in-game.
The Hardcore gamers are the ones that make up things like DKP (Dragon Kill Points) to keep track of who gets what piece of phat loot when raiding. Something that appeals to me in no way, shape or form. They are the ones that enjoy the spoils from all the time they spent in game, gathering the most uber of all gear. It allows them to dominate in every possible way and they generally feel no sorrow for the Moderates. They earned the gear, cry more noob.
Yes, I am a Moderate gamer and that is fine by me.
I almost decided to write an “I Quit” post today. I was thinking about the 11 days of gaming I played in WoW and what else I could have done with that time. I felt like my family deserved more time than I’ve been giving them. But then I realized that the only time I game any more is when my kids are in bed and my wife has other plans. I did technically “quit” when I stopped trying to be a Hardcore gamer. So, I don’t see any harm in playing a game at those times. I just need to focus on other things when the computer is off.
Really, my main problem is that I spend more time thinking about games than I do playing them. This website is the proof.