The hardcore gameplay and high (and expensive) PC requirements are the entry ticket for this exclusive/elitist attitude. This is just like membership to some exclusive and expensive social club in the real world.
I've met some gamers that see a low-end game and will laugh at it as being rubbish and deride the people that like to play them. So yes, I think it can breed this attitude. However, it would be grossly unfair to tar all hardcore gamers with this brush.
I certainly don't look down at other styles of game play - whatever makes you happy, I say!
Siggie in the post.