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In this week's Tourist column, Christopher Coke hearkens back to an age long since forgotten... the age of the Hardcore. Read on to see what happened to the Hardcore MMO, and how Chris thinks it could be making a comeback.
I've played dozens and dozens of MMOs and the above facts represent the vast majority of popular games today. They represent the state of the genre. For us to target the developer-dictated lifestyles – not playstyles but lifestyles – of yesteryear is a fool's errand. Players demanding such are the grandparents constantly reminiscing about walking both ways in the snow. To these I suggest guilding up Conservative Party of Norrath, now with chapters in Azeroth and Tyria.
Read the rest of Christopher Coke's The Tourist: The Death of Hardcore.