Casuals are a constant annoyance to hardcore gamers. Being hardcore doesn't mean you spend eight hours a day gaming, there are casual gamers who do that with WoW, it doesn't take them beyond the status of simply being a casual appreciator of a medium, rather than a passionate promoter of it. Hardcore gamers promote the best games in the medium, push gaming as art, and generally represent the consumers who keep the highly-acclaimed niche series afloat.
On the other end of the spectrum we have the casual. Casuals are the kind of people who make it so you can release *yet another* party game on the Wii and make record sales. Casuals are the people who keep buying Tony Hawk and Madden games every year, yet let games like Eternal Darkness and Psychonauts languish on store shelves. Casuals are the people who went "Resident Evil 4 is the best Gamecube game ever" and yet totally missed Eternal Darkness when it came out.
Casuals bought FF X-2. Casuals pay $15/month to play WoW just because it's the game their friends play. Casuals will buy Madden 2008 and a PS3 because "the Playstation is more powerful" - even if the PS3 version of the game is widely recognized as inferior.
I've hated them for a long time, and I will always hate them - they don't do anything good for the industry, they simply encourage big publishers to put out the same games they've been making since 1994 by buying the same dozen or so games over and over again each generation.
So let me get this straight, just because I like to play NBA 2K&, Yony Hawk, Fight Night, and Madden, I'm a Casual. It doesn't matter that I love mario party, kung fu kaos, powerstone, and all other party games. As well as street fighter, Soul Calibur 2, Mortal Kombat, and Killer Instinct. Plus many other games you probably never touched with your elitest geek hands. The truth is that you've proclaimed yourself to be above the majority of the gaming community strictly based on obscure games that you play. Get over yourself, I enjoyed Shadows of the Colossus as well, but I woun't condemn my bro for liking Madden (though I will make fun of him when my Bears win it all).
Games are meant to be enjoyed by all, not just some select few closet dorks that are only "cool" on xbox live. You have to ask yourself: Are casuals the true gamers? In my eyes, casuals are much better gamers than the hardcore because they ENJOY their games beit sports, party, fighter, etc. they seldom b!tch and moan about not so good normal maps or messy textures. If the game is fun, they'll usually take to it. If the marketing is good, then they'll flock to it. It's the simple fact that they DON"T hang on gamespot everyday that they don't know all about the games progress, and that in itself is benificial. Like coming into a movie theater to a really good film having not seen the previews.
As far as them not buying the so called "good games" you speak of, how's this for logic? "Not every game is a AAA title, some are just meant to be enjoyed." And yes, som are just plain bad "Enter the Matrix." Call yourself what you are, a gaming snob, you were probably a nerd in highschool, and feel the need to dump on others because you got misstreated in your own life. Grow up prick.
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