Yes, depending on what you consider casual, I would consider myself a casual player. This has nothing to do with my play time really. I do play a decent amount. This has to do more with what I do with that time.
There was a time when all I wanted to do was Raid. Log on, jump into LFG and pray for something good to be going down. This is not a motivation for me at the moment. I should be whoring out my uber leet skills to pugs in need, but I am about as interested as Ellen Degeneres at a Chip N Dales show.
The casual vs hardcore debate has been raging forever. While I consider myself to be casual, how many would thing I am hardcore? I have a blog, I have three well geared level 80 toons, and I make ass tons of gold playing the auction house.
WoW is like a delicious multi-layered cake. There are many different paths, and along those paths are different levels of "hardcore". On the PvP layer of the cake, I would be considered ultra casual. If I were a porno, I would be something on Skinamaxx at 11 pm. On the other hand, I cancel and post auctions several times a day, spying on my competitiors so I know when to strike. If I were a porno here, I could well be a compilation of DVDA and bukkake videos.
I consider annoying rep grinds to be somewhat casual. You dont really need to use any brain activity to do them. I am almost done with the Shataari Skyguard at the moment and will switch to Sporregar after that. Some people think rep grinds are hardcore. They are measuring the level of hardcore by time instead of challenge.
How do YOU define hardcore or casual. Is it based on the content you try to tackle or is it based on the time you spend in game. I have accomplished much more than my sister in WoW in a lot less play time. Does that make me hardcore?
I read blogs and outside resources. Does that make me harcore, or does it make the people who dont ultra casual. This is really a very tricky to figure out.
If you raid more than me, you have no life. If you raid less, you suck. If you make more gold than me you have no life, if you make less you suck. I read several examples of this in a blog recently. We make our own guidelines for determing what we deem casual or hardcore. Everybody is going to have a different opinion. I have babbled on for so long, I no longer know what I am talking about. Hey look over there, a penguin.
Anyways, how do YOU define hardcore and casual? What are you in that spectrum?