There are always going to be idiots mouthing off on forums, or during multiplayer. Don't let people like that ruin your enjoyment of SSF4, or any other game. Yes, SRK has tons of elitist snobs, but there are few better places to go if you really want to learn the ins and outs of a fighting game. But the idea that SSF4 is being made only for the most dedicated fans is ridiculous. Just look at how they are marketing it. Gamespot, IGN, Kotaku, etc, and similar, general video game blogs and sites run features and reveals for SSF4. These are not exactly go-to sites for die-hard fighting game fans. If SSF4 was only made for the 'hardcore' SF crowd then Capcom would only be doing interviews and reveals on SRK, Eventhubs, Iplaywinner, and other fighting game or Street Fighter-centric sites. And no matter what some might say, the more people who buy SSF4, the better. They wouldn't even be making SSF4 if SF4 didn't sell so well. And the reason it sold so well, was because SF4 was made to be friendly to new players who just want to have fun, as well as deep enough to satisfy fighting game enthusiasts.
Basically, if you like the game, or just want to try it out, don't let these elitists and/or morons ruin it for you. The online community of SF4 players has its fair share of assholes, just like every other game out there. But there are also plenty of people who will just be playing for the fun of it, win or lose.
I think youre mistaken. SSF4 is a product of hardcore player feedback. Players whove played the game to death and see the cracks within the system along with ideas and ways to improve an already great game.
I see where you got mixed up tho, il say it again, the game isnt for the "Hardcore", its for the fans of the series. People who Like/Love street fighter no matter what their skill level may be. This game however isnt meant to draw out those that didnt like SF4.
I have ALOT of friends that LOVE SF4, and they are not really good at all...but yet i play with them all the time because they love SF and they just enjoy the game. So of course theyre going to market it that way, for everyone. But the fact of the matter is, SSF4 is first and foremost balancing out the playing field for High Level Play, while maintaining the easy to pick up characteristic that Street Fighter is Famous for. Id say its for the gamers, from the gamers.
I also personally think that there are going to be alot of people(Myself including) thats going to get this game on Both Platforms. Buying the game twice is something im going to do for both selfish and supportive reasons. I own a Fightstick for both consoles and i have friends that play SF4 on both consoles, plus i would like to support capcom on the release of this game. I could be wrong on the amount of people who are gonna do this, but im optimistic lol