This article “What is Casual” introduces to us the idea that there are two types of video games. Casual games and hardcore games. But what the author tries to determine is whether we should define casual and hard-core based on the genre of game or the people who play the games. In other words, are there casual games and hard-core games or are there really just casual gamers and hard-core gamers?
In this article we read about how the genre of casual games came to be and what went into making a casual game. Things such as fiction, usability, interpretability, difficulty, punishment and juiciness all determined whether a game was casual or not. But after analyzing some games that are generally considered casual or hard-core the author determined that most games can be played as either casual or hard-core games, all depending on how you play it. So maybe games can’t really be split up into the two genres casual and hard-core. Maybe we need to classify the gamers as either casual or hard-core.
This brings up another point that I find fascinating. Most “casual gamers” don’t even consider themselves gamers. When was the last time you heard someone who occasionally plays Mario Kart or really loved Angry Birds refer to themselves as a gamer? It doesn’t happen very often. We almost just classify all hard-core gamers as the gamers and casual gamers as… well just normal people. Consider that for a moment. Everyone who wouldn’t consider themselves a gamer is truly a casual gamer who doesn’t want to admit it. Everyone plays games. They’re all over! So the question isn’t whether you are a gamer or not. The question is “are you a casual or hard-core gamer?”