Tanukitsune (tanukitsune) wrote,
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What does casual games REALLY mean?

 A few months ago I got a discount for Bigfish games, a "casual" site... I was curious and I went to the site... And I've actually played a "casual" game or two... or three.... or enough to get one free.... :P

The thing about the term "casual" is that it's a BUZZWORD used by game companies to say that the game is not a "scary hardcore game"...

According to Wikipedia, casual games are simple and lack the commitment of hardcore games.... Which is entirely wrong!

No commitment? Have you played some of these "casual" games? Some have TWO HUNDRED PLUS LEVELS!  That's more commitment that almost every retro game!

Speaking of which, according to Wikipedia, simple games are "casual", but.... Almost every retro game is simple.... Even Mega Man is simple to play! Even some bullet hell games are "simple"!

"HEY! Those are very hard games, Mike! Casual games are EASY!", you say? WRONG! I've actually played casual games and while many of them are rather easy, they are also lots of them that made Contra look easy...

Like I said, "casual" is a buzzword, and some people love it, while others hate it....

The "hater" says:  "There is no casual gaming. There is just a different way to play." which kinda makes sense...

Hardcore games are known for playing games in LARGE chunks, so does this mean casual gamers play in smaller chunks? 

The closest thing I can think of a definition of casual gamer is someone who simply plays less, but.... Many of these are extremely enthusiastic gamers and just don't have more time to play. I know "hardcore gamers" that barely play games and I've seen people who claim to be casual play games in one go.... So, close... but no cigar!

But then it hit me.... 

First, let's take out Nintendo out of the equation, "casual sites" never mention them and their games are more of family party games than "casual"....

Most people consider casual the opposite of hardcore... so let's take that in consideration...

Big Fish Games is apparently the place to go for casual games and look at the most popular games....

The average hardcore game either has a burly man or a scantily-clad lady, the average "casual game" has a young female with realistic body and actual clothes, so far, so good...

Hardcore games tend to be very violent and gory, while "casual" games never have any blood in them...

But that's not enough, there are many non-violent games with a non-harlot female lead...

..... If you visit the list of the the top 100 casual games sold, it's pretty obvious what, at least, Big Fish Games considers to be casual games....

Weddings, love.... VAMPIRE ROMANCE.... Do I need to spell it out? Let's just say there is no such thing as a manly "casual" game... 

Casual is a stupid term, but calling them "girly games" is worse, but if you think about it's obvious that hardcore games are catering to the frat boys and "manly men", while "casuals" cater to females.... Is it sad? Is it pathetic? Maybe, but if you just look at the most popular titles of each "group" you can't help but to notice the obvious... 

But... it's a buzzword, and like all buzzwords people will use it without thinking or knowing what it really means.... :|
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