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Are You Hardcore?

September 15th, 2008 - By

Game Update #6 went live on the href="" target="_blank">
Saga of
servers this past Wednesday and the angels sang. Alright, that might be
a bit of an exaggeration, but in any case, this update was a welcome
sight for a number of reasons. There were a number of hotly anticipated
items of interest, not the least of which was the return of the
character customization options we'd had to live without for so long.
course, we couldn't talk about Game Update #6 without also talking
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Isle of Dawn. There has also been a lot of talk lately on
"being hardcore". I'll finish off this week's chronicles with my
thoughts on the subject, so be ready!

While it's only been a matter of months, to me at least, it has felt
like almost a year since we've had the capability to customize our
precious avatars. While it was never a deal breaker for me in terms of
whether I would play my characters or not, it did make me spend a lot
more time in lich form on my Necromancer, or keep the helmet on my
Knight more often than I normally would. It wasn't that I thought the
characters looked bad, but they became generic and the lifeless look
in my Dark Elf's eyes was a sad reminder of what we had lost. As I
imagine most players in the community would attest to, having the
customization options back in the game has been one of the best things
to come along in a long time. My Dark Elf is finally back to its evil
self and I'm thrilled.

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The other thing that's thrilled me the most about Game Update #6 is,
of course, the Isle of Dawn. I literally
couldn't count how many people have asked me over the last year or so,
"Does Vanguard have a free trial?" It's killed me to have to repeatedly
tell them, "No." Well, hitch up your britches and get ready, because
the time
has finally come! The stand alone trial for the Isle of Dawn
should be coming soon, href=""
this week or next. During href=""
2008, the estimated download size for
the Isle was going to be 2.5 gigabytes. While it hasn't been 100%
confirmed yet, word is spreading that the download size for the Isle is
actually only 1 gigabyte! Needless to say, in either case, I'll be
putting my DVD burner to work making multiple copies of the trial to
spread to friends and family. If you have people in your life
interested in the game, be sure to do the same!

Speaking of hardcore... (Ok, we really weren't, but that’s
the best seguing you're going to get today so...)

Last week, Beau (a.k.a. Rikoorakoo on the official forums) had some
interesting thoughts brought up on what it means to be hardcore in the href=""
of Vanguard podcast #54. This
got me thinking about the topic pretty heavily this past week, so of
course, I've got to share my thoughts on the subject. It's
interesting to me how much of a hot topic this can be at times. That,
in and of itself, is odd to me. Does it really matter that much to you
whether you're classified as hardcore? 

What really determines if you're hardcore or not? For the sake of
argument, we're going to limit this discussion to gaming, and
gaming only. If not, I'd already disqualify 90% of the civilian
population right off the bat, so this will at least give you a
fighting chance, haha. Back on track!

Are you hardcore because you can sit and have a 12, 15, or even 24-hour
gaming marathon? Are you hardcore because you've beaten virtually every
game that's ever come into your possession? Are you hardcore because
you can rattle off more facts and statistics about the game than href="" target="_blank">H.A.L.
could ever dream of? I think not. In my opinion, none of these things
make someone hardcore.

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style="font-style: italic;">Someone really needs to invent a
fire extinguisher.

I think it's passion that makes a player hardcore. That passion can
take many forms, one of which is often found in the paragraph above. In
the terms of this definition though, I consider myself a
hardcore gamer even though I don't match a single item above and here
are the reasons why:

  • I've been playing video games for over 30 years. Anyone
    that's played video games for more years than some of you have been
    That's hardcore.

  • I spend more hours than many of you would ever believe
    working on the content for this site. I do it
    because I love this game and being involved with the
    community. That's hardcore.

  • I've probably beaten less than 10-20% of all the
    games I've ever owned. Despite this, I'm always gaming, writing about
    gaming, or thinking about gaming nearly every hour of every day. That's

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