There will forever be this gap between the so-called "hardcore gamer" and the casual or mainstream crowd.

What I didn't realize is that I'm apparently a "casual" gamer because I'm not down with games like Dark Souls and the upcoming Bloodborne .

Don't get me wrong; I certainly respect such games. I have no doubt that the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive will be pretty damn great, and I look forward to giving it a try. That being said, I'm not exactly an expert when it comes to such games and to be perfectly blunt, I'm not a masochist. Yeah, I know, saying that really pisses people off, because it implies that those who enjoy such experiences are screwed up in some way. That's not what I mean, though.

I simply mean I find such experiences to be extremely tedious and not anywhere near as enjoyable as they should be. Do I hold anything against those who see it differently? Of course not. There was a time when I was a bit of a masochist; I took great pride in beating Ninja Gaiden on Xbox and Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening (before the re-release changed the standard difficulty to Normal, as opposed to Hard). These days, however, I just play games to relax and have fun. That means Bloodborne is out for me.

And yet, I've had people say you can't be "hardcore" unless you can conquer such games. I guess a game's difficulty has a direct impact on your affiliation, which I do understand to some extent. The everyday mainstream gamer has no shot with Dark Souls and they don't care. At the same time, I'm a little tired of the "elite" gamers out there pretending like others are lesser enthusiasts simply because they don't embrace extremely challenging games.

Am I the only one who's annoyed by this little trend?

Related Game(s): Bloodborne