He's obviously butthurt because if he truly meant that then he would have known that long before the WiiU came out.
Can someone give us the definition of a "casual gamer"? Is it dependent on time spent gaming? The genres someone like? Please enlighten me because just recently I classified myself as such due to the fact that I have a few franchises that I'm more or less loyal to. I game on a PC which I spent some pretty coin on. I recently bought my first console in 17 years, the 3ds xl and am enjoying Ocarina of time. However, I game from hour and a half to 3 hours a day. Hardcore casual?
Casually game...you do know what casual is right? Relaxed, unconcerned, irregular. If you're a casual gamer, you don't take it seriously, you don't play regularly and you don't play any game that requires any complexity,persistence or time consumption. Casual games can be something like Chess or Angry Birds or it can also even be Unreal Tournament if you are just occasionally dropping in for a quick match and not taking it seriously. The actual type of game itself isn't really what makes you one or the other, it's how you take it. I suppose if you play Dark Souls irregularly and don't really try nor care if you beat it or achieve more than last time then you're certainly a casual gamer but often such gamers don't attempt to play these types of games if there is no quick or easy reward. They may also rather watch someone else play games than play it themselves. Interest in games but with no ambition or desire.
How to know if you're a hard core gamer: If you are devoted to any particular game at any point in time. If you can enjoy most any type of game regardless of platform, simplicity or complexity. You can enjoy Pac Man and yet you try to get a high score and you can enjoy BF or Skyrim and take it seriously enough to achieve and put some time and effort into the games you play. How often you play them is irrelevant so long as it's a regular schedule of some sort. Could be monthly, weekly or daily...and if you really have no life then it's hourly.
How to know if you're an elitist or hardware enthusiast: If you only care about specific games for a specific platform. You easily dismiss any game that doesn't fit into you're ideal perceptions of how it should look, run or control. These types often become graphic whores, are very opinionated within strict confines and defensive. They may also play irregularly, complain a lot sometimes with fits of rage and consistent with pointing out flaws in games. By definition they are not much of a gamer per say, rather they are dreamers always raging about how any particular game isn't real enough. Usually purchases bleeding edge hardware, likes to benchmark a lot, brag, tweak settings...etc. Speaks more often of hardware than games and/or enjoys any excuse for entitlement or superiority of having the "best" version of any particular game. These types can be PC, console or just old school players that miss the old days.
Not sure I agree. Almost all fps and tps games are casual in solo mode. Any multiplayer game that allows for skill improvement can allow for a "hardcore attitude.
Nintendo Land can be played casually, but the high score nature of the game potentially makes it more hardcore than most of these "mature" movie games.
We're kinda talking about 2 different things really. I'm talking about how a person approaches their games. You're talking about how a game approaches the gameplay. The latter doesn't guarantee to attract every person of either type. A casual gamer could still pick up any MP game but if their approach is just to kill some time because they are waiting on their laundry to dry instead of actually putting some effort into it, then that person isn't really hardcore at all if that is how they enjoy the games they play. That doesn't mean they may not get addicted to BF 4 for a few months and play like crazy...but if they are not doing that with any consistency with most games then they are still casual.
Likewise, a hardcore gamer can enjoy solo mod or even Nintendo land. Either type might choose any kind of game, it's how they approach it is what makes them a casual or hardcore gamer.