I think people adopt the term softcore as it is a direct opposite to hardcore. I don’t think people refer to it as a derogatory term… like there is a hardcore master-race or something. I mean, its just a game afterall.
As a community, we’ve always played hardcore, simply because as time has gone by from our very very early days of gaming in Blackrats, we played in a objective-realism game mode (no hit markers was a key point). As we progressed into new games, then we followed a similar mindset.
I agree that to some extent, hardcore is too hardcore on BF4 and removes some of the squad elements that make it fun. But, for some, SC equals frustration.
At the end of the day, the Normal/Hardcore conversation falls under “personal opinion” - there is no right or wrong… So when it is discussed, can we ensure that conversations don’t get too heated