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Posted: Dec 12th 2009 4:10PM Wensbane said

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And collect pets. Never forget the pets!

I actually think women will soon be the main driving force behind this genre, which is turning more and more to micro-transaction models. They just can't resist a cute little piece of fluff and they know it! ;)
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Posted: Dec 12th 2009 5:32PM Graill440 said

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The one thing that studies, as worthless as they are in both time and funding, fail to do is create a definition of hardcore. Is hardcore the huge amounts of time invested, that usually drive folks to live as hermits and cause them to never let go of a toon because of that perception, or is hardcore the loudmouth, whiny ass raid guide (remember kiddies, no leaders in games) or guild master that has no morals, no clue, and rants and raves about how someone ruined "their" raid and feel they can act like they do because they are protected behind a keyboard?

Maybe one day a "study" will define hardcore, but then it will still be their opinion and their observations now wont it?

Posted: Dec 13th 2009 1:30PM (Unverified) said

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The results remind me of my home country's defense forces. All able-bodied men are conscripted at the age of 18, but women may volunteer. This leads to the fact that most of the women who volunteer are really motivated and interested in military service, and raise through the ranks to be officers. Therefore, I could surmise that the same is happening in MMOs: Even though there are less women playing, a larger percentage of them is very motivated and achievement-oriented, so I consider it no wonder that they are the new hardcore gamers.

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