Casual gamers aren’t the numb-brained, easily satisfied simpletons that they’re usually portrayed as and, quite frankly, hardcore gamers could take a few pages out of the casual gamer’s manual – if we can get off of our high horses. Following are four things hardcore gamers could stand to learn from casual gamers.
Remember that thing we used to have when we first started playing games – no, some of us still have our virginity- I’m talking about fun. Fun used to be the name of the game, but now it’s all about, well, it seems to only be about obsession. We don’t want to have fun anymore; we want perfection. We want to be the ultimate killer, strategist, guitar slasher, puzzle solver, shooter, etc. While it’s OK to try and perfect your gaming, casual gamers have us “hardcorers” beat when it comes to fun.
Not only do casual gamers have more fun gaming than us hardcore gamers; they seem to be a lot more relaxed. I remember when I used to play games with a huge smile on my face and intense eyes glued to the television/computer screen, but nowadays it’s not quite the same. I once yelled in excitement, but now the only time I yell is to insult opponents – sometimes teammates – or curse the gaming developers. I’ve also become very paranoid. I feel the game developers, AI, and my internet service provider are all conspiring to ruin the game for me – and I think that everyone is cheating.
Stop being biased
Casual gamers don’t dedicate lots of time to gaming – usually – and they’d rather spend that short time having fun – not arguing about trivial things. Lots of hardcore gamers are admittedly fanboys or fangirls of some sort – whether it is a game, developer, platform, or genre preference, or gaming console. While fanboys can make arguments out of just about anything, they usually speak in absolutes and in doing so; cut themselves off from experiencing new and exciting things – things that unbiased casual gamers are having lots of.
Get a life
Casual gamers are usually casual because, well, gaming is the most important thing in their lives. While we’re glued to our favorite screens with a brooding face and a rising blood temperature, casual gamers are out enjoying something most of us never see – sunlight.
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