You're a little too black and white.
You think if someone is better than you they must be 'hard core' and play all the time.
That's a perfect example of peoples sensitive ego. Oh, I died. I don't suck at video games, these people clearly have no lives and are hard core.
The average gamer isn't "hard core". They play more than the casual I play once a week people, but significantly less than the every day people.
There's just a lot of people who assume they're the average level of skill, when a lot of people are honestly, just bad at video games.
Maybe they're amazing mechanics, or accountants, but that hand eye co-ordination to play video games well? Not everyone has it, a lot of people don't really.
Or you play video games a few times a month only, You're casual or occasional gamers, and the gaming world isn't made up of you.
The game sales, isn't from casual / occasional gamers. It's from average gamers.
And we also still lose to 'hard core' gamers, we make up the majority of the gaming community, I am part of this crowd.
Know how I know this? Because I play with these people on average during my average amount of time playing games.
Their average skill level is comparable to my average skill level. We do run into those who kick our ass, we have a less sensitive ego and shrug it off.
Guy below me wants to filter out 'hard core people' but I'll call it as it really is.
"Filter out people who beat me because I believe I'm a decent player, and anyone who beats me must be hard core and should be taken out of the game"
Yep, that line is going to upset people, but if you're reading this, and that line upset you, why did you think it was directed at you?