Anthropologists will surely be interested in how the hardcore gamer’s life being a digital desert of electronic vacuum causes them to seek out and create gods in an invented pseudo-religion. Since most of the hardcore’s waking life exists in the digital world, reverence and worship is given to the creator of that digital world. This creator is seen as the director of the game development team. He becomes elevated into a Game God.
According to hardcore mythology, the Game God is a man with such ‘vision’ that it creates all wonders, all glories, all joys of this digital universe. The Game God apparently creates these digital universes entirely by himself with no help from anyone else. The other people on the team are little more than minions or apostles to serve out the Game God’s will. If the Game God demands a type of art or a type of gameplay mechanic, then the Game God must be satisfied. Not only do the hardcore imagine the Game God doing everything with only the other developers doing the ‘menial’ work, they imagine that the other developers are overjoyed and in a constant state of nirvana to be in the presence of the Game God. Therefore, they do not mind the work crunch and only wish for more.
What is most curious is that when a game is released by the Game God, gamers are not allowed to use their judgment in order to experience it. If they are not enjoying the game, then they simply do not properly understand what the Game God was intending and strive to study harder to understand what the Game God demands. The hardcore will ask: “Am I playing this game correctly?”, “Am I playing it by the way the Game God desires?”, and of course: “How can I please the Game God further?” The answer to the last question comes to perfect score game reviews, cheerleading at the message forums, and the occasional sacrificial ban of the forum user who dares commit sacrilege against the Game God by saying it isn’t a good game. All games done by the Game Gods are good. The hardcore know they must try hard to understand the Game God’s vision if they aren’t having fun.
The ultimate achievement in life, according to the hardcore, is to ascend into becoming a Game God. This is why the hardcore gamers all launch themselves at the Game Industry attempting furiously to get in. Once becoming a Game God, the hardcore thinks everyone will declare him as genius. He gets to bark orders at skilled developers to do whatever he wants (which they are to be in a constant state of ecstasy since they are in the presence of the loving Game God), and he believes his digital creation will rival and surpass the natural world itself.
Should the reader encounter a gaggle of hardcore in a state of Game God worship, it is VERY important to never say anything negative about the Game God or his Offerings (his games). Instead, it is recommended that the reader offer glittering praises such as “How amazing is he! Look at all he has done! We are only so fortunate to be in his presence.” You’ll be especially loved if you say you bought the Game God’s comic book story adaption.