I noticed in many different forums and places of discussion that there seems to be a general hatred toward "casual" gamers.
I can't for the life of me understand why.
What is wrong about having commitments other than video games? I enjoy video games as much as anybody, and I mean no disrespect to "hardcore" gamers. But I find it ridiculous that some people view casuals as the "bane" of the video game industry.
Skyrim is as hardcore as anybody wants to make it. It can be simplistic or it can be labyrinthine; I do not understand why it is bad that companies are catering to casual players. They're people too, and gamers, as well.
I actually found it hilarious that people who play sports games are looked down upon. As if there's something wrong with playing Madden.
Simple. Casual gamers, almost by definition, aren't as dedicated to the hobby as more traditional gamers. So the more traditional gamers get very annoyed when companies debauch their product to cater to people who don't value that product as highly. Plus, most "casual" games like Facebook games and the like have a reputation of nickle-and-diming people.
It's not really the casual gamers' problem, it's the game companies trying to chase that sweet, sweet Farmville money.
Some hardcore gamers have delusions of grandeur. They act all elitist towards casual gamers who don't play the way they do. Casual gamers also get a bad rep because devs often target games towards them and make games easier to draw them in. That is not the casual gamers fault though.
There are obnoxious gamers on both sides to be honest.
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The majority of gamers are mid 30's, with jobs, families, and other temporal obligations. So they can only play game "casually" as opposed to... uh... hardcore? I guess? Nothing is wrong with casual gamers, or even casual games. People just need something to complain about, and somebody to blame.