There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being a casual gamer, but hearing that a game has been dubbed as a casual game gives it the stigma of being a simple-minded, K-12 game that a monkey could beat. Unfortunately entire gaming genres have been marked as casual and following are those most accused.
Music and Dance Games
Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Just Dance, and Dance Dance Revolution all have one thing in common; they have all been branded as casual games. It’s likely that the Music and Dance Game genres reached the verdict of being casual games due to their repetitive style of gaming, easy controls, and their “easy to get the hang of” style of play – but they are all fun to play and are enjoyable by casual and hardcore gamers alike.
When most gamers hear the word “casual” one gaming genre usually comes to mind; party games. Party games were designed to please large groups of people that all want to play at once – with differing levels of skill, experience, and game preferences. While party games can be fun [games like Mario Party and Wii Sports come to mind] the party game genre likely received it’s casual game seal due to the fact that party games focus on quantity instead of quality, the sheer number of party games on the market, and the lack of skill required to play party games.
Needless to say, the board game and trivia game genres are widely considered casual games – and it ‘ s mostly due to the fact that board games and trivia games are considered casual games offline. Trivia and board games are hard to consider anything other than casual due to their simplicity, their pop culture appeal, and their relatively short gaming experience.
Puzzle games like Bejeweled, Tetris, Peggle, and Zuma are usually thought of as time killers/wasters and, as such, are easily considered casual games. Casual games are games that are played casually [stress free games that don’t require too much focus] and puzzle games fit the bill so well that they don’t require gaming consoles to be played – and can usually be found on mobile devices like cell phones and tablets.
The Sims, Sim City, and IMVU are popular examples of simulation games and most would write each of those games off as casual games. While I’ll admit that the Sims is one of the most popular casual games of all-time, not all simulation games are considered casual e.g. have you ever tried playing a simulation racing game like Gran Turismo?
For more, read 5 Casual Games Hardcore Gamers Hate to Admit They Love in Public , Valuable Lessons Hardcore Gamers Can Learn from Casual Gamers , and Is the Nintendo Wii’s Motion Gaming Gimmick Dead?
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