Casual gaming is for those players who have a non-intensive, unconcerned approach to playing video games. This is in comparison to those hardcore gamers who learn strategies, adopt different playing styles and even play competitively. By all means, hardcore gaming can provide a greater gaming experience than casual gaming, but here are five reasons where the latter can often be more enjoyable.
Casual games are easy to pick up and put down at will. A lot of concentration is required for hardcore games. Players must be in a certain mindset to begin playing. For instance, FIFA is a hugely popular game. The latest edition, FIFA 18, surpassed 10 million worldwide sales. However, with the nature of FIFA being to simulate a football match, switching focus will lead to losing the game. Players must devote a certain amount of time to the game in order to complete a whole match.
It is not something you can play while multitasking, whereas casual games can be played while watching TV or doing another activity. Less time has to be committed as well, meaning it is possible to play for 30 seconds at a time if desired and generally pick up and put down with no real thought to it.
Easy to learn
The simplest ideas are often the most effective and this is the case with some games as well. The likes of Donkey Kong, Pac-Manand Tetrishave basic concepts that are easy to get to grips, while still offering great playability. Pac-Man for instance, is about running around a maze as a 2D character trying to eat dots and avoid the ‘ghosts’. Up, down, right and left are the only controls that are needed, meaning it is incredibly easy to learn how to play. It is very simple but Pac-Man is still considered to be the most iconic of all characters in gaming, and its popularity even today is testament to the quality of the game and enjoyment it offers.
Alternatively, core games often come with complex button configurations where multiple different maneuvers must be learnt to even master the basics. This in itself alienates a lot of the casual gaming demographic as they will not be as willing to put the time in to learn the game.
Playability and longevity
Of course, hardcore games can offer a lot more playability due to their complexity. However, the appealing thing about a majority of casual games is their longevity and playability over a period of time. Take mobile gaming apps as an example. Phones have become the primary gaming devices for most people, and the ultimate goal of many of these apps is to beat a highscore, so a player is effectively playing against themselves. In this situation, there is also no ending or completion. There’s no final level. Players simple continue playing as much as they desire, always trying to beat the highscore.
The addictive nature of games such as Doodle Jump, Candy Crushand Fruit Ninjaensures that the playability factor that is present in hardcore games, also remains with casual games.
Many of the hardcore games are blockbusters and are hugely popular. But, with that high demand comes a high price. Special editions of Call of Duty Black Ops 4are available to pre-order at above the £100-mark. That in itself filters out the casual gamers, as only a hardcore gamer will be prepared to pay the high price for something that they will invest a lot of time in to.
A lot of the casual games that are available online are free, and when looking at gaming apps as well they are always very cheap.
Easy to acquire
With Sony and Microsoft now choosing downloads over disks, one recent complaint has been that hardcore games take too long to download. Without the disk, the latest generation of consoles can take many hours to download content, ensuring that the thrill and excitement of purchasing a game and going home to play it is somewhat dampened.
Mobile gaming, an industry that generated over $28bn in the U.S in 2018 alone, is fairly instant. At the click of a button, you can browse through a whole store of games and download the ones of interest. Depending on connection, it could take as little as 30 seconds to be playing a game on your phone. There’s no driving to the nearest gaming shop. No waiting in line to buy a physical copy of the game. Simply download and play.
All-in-all, gaming is great. It is a way to escape the tribulations of real life and adopt a new role in an alternate reality. Where graphics, intricate storylines and detailed functions are sometimes lost with casual games, they are still a great way to have fun at little cost, time or effort.