Sadly the "hardcore" portion of the gaming community is pretty Elitist and snobbish you're right. They're not really all that different than the Casual community though. I prefer to lean more towards the "Veteran" community myself. Knowledge in experience and interested in contributing to the community at large. Unlike these hardcore gamers, my head's not shoved so far up my ass that I can acknowledge I'm an untalented gamer. Compared to those people that insist anybody below '50' in Halo 3 was bad, I was perfectly content with my 35-40 range.
Fear not, my brothers! The next generation of gaming is upon us! Be glad! A reward for all your toil and all your sacrifices is upon us.
There are those who said this day would never come. What have they to say now?
(Yes, I ripped off a quote from Halo 2 and modified it to my own purposes. Sue me.)