Let me preface this topic by saying that I don't enjoy the term "hardcore". It has a sort of stigma too it that I'm not happy to apply. However, it is the easiest way to refer to those dedicated players.

Personally, I spend a lot of time reading up on games, researching games, and writing about them. These days I seem to be spending less time gaming, but anyone who has a conversation with me about games can attest that I am very serious about them. I'm wondering however, what makes a player "hardcore" in the personal opinions of you dear RPS readers.