Nintendo misinterprets 'casual gaming'. (16)

1 Name: Anonymous Gamer : 2007-09-30 20:59 ID:eLKhg87x

This may end up tl;dr, I don't know, but here goes.

Casual gaming is a gimmick, and is the true problem with next-gen. Nintendo states that casual gaming is gaming that anyone can enjoy. This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

First off, let's look at what a casual gamer is. A casual gamer is someone who doesn't play games as a hobby like most of us, but one who plays games for entertainment instead. I like to think that casual gamers are the ones who go to the internet for help on games, and actual gamers (feel free to whine about the definition of this term), are the ones who go to discuss games on various boards-- a hobbyist of you will.

Now, here is where Nintendo makes it's mistake. We have had casual gamers forever, as most all of us started out casual (like when were kids and we just bought any game randomly because it looked good). We have those people of all ages today. Where is the problem in this though? Do you not see that casual gamers aren't the gamers that buy the simplest, easiest to get into games on the market, but just buy what they think/hear is good?

Nintendo thinks that casual gaming is where all games are easy and pick up and play. This is a fallacy. There are casual gamers that play games more than regular or hardcore gamers. There are casual gamers that play Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy, etc. They aren't stuck to playing Sudoku on their DS.

In short, Nintendo's definition for their new wave of games shouldn't be defined as casual games, but defined as simple-- almost easy to a point.

What do you all think?

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