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Casual Gamers Vs. Hardcore Gamers

Are You a Casual Gamer?

The term "casual gamer" is being thrown around more and more these days, mostly due to the popularity of the Wii, and I think, the growing popularity of gaming in general. The Wii is really the first democratic console — we've seen senior citizens get in on the action, physical therapy patients use it, and now, Wii Fit is set to become the first video game since Dance Dance Revolution to make you lose weight, instead of pile it on.

A casual gamer is different from a hardcore gamer in obvious ways — both in time devoted and the interest level.

Interest in video games is generally a hobby for casual gamers, whereas the interest is almost professional for hardcore. So my readers, I'm curious! Do you define yourself as a casual gamer or a hardcore gamer?


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catou07 catou07 9 years
not much of a gamer at all, although back in the day when the first nintendo came out, I was fearless, and for years - I wouldn't play anything else. The WII is totally appealing (not to mention rock band, and guitar hero) - I'm purposely staying away only because I know how obsessed I would become. No gaming systems on my house, except a few games on my phone to stave off boredom...
ecutif ecutif 9 years
I'm def a casual gamer. I play with the fiance and without the fiance. Right now, I'm loving Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Wii!
hil34 hil34 9 years
I don't have a gaming system except for computer games, so I just play at friends' houses.
EllePixie EllePixie 9 years
Actually...Eye Toy Kinetic for PS2 came out after DDR and is an extremely interactive fitness game. Just saying...
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Hm, I think I'm a casual gamer with leanings towards hardcore. I tend to think of hardcore gamers as being people that play 'Halo' or 'World of Warcraft' or people that play hours every day. I like rhythm games, Final Fantasy, Zelda, etc., but I don't like multiplayer war games. Some days I'll play one or two hours and sometimes I'll go more than a week without playing anything at all.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Casual, but I won't leave home without my DS.
Meike Meike 9 years
Casual to almost never, I don't have any of the latest generation consoles and I like very few franchises, Zelda and RE namely.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I am definitely more than casual but less than hardcore but not by much lol. I have always loved video games and play them to the very end. My husband and I are really into MMO's but because we have a baby I can't spend ridiculous amounts of time playing games. I do manage to play a few hours a day though :)
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
I never played video games before I moved in with my fiance. I used to play maybe like an hour of mortal combat or sonic th ehedgehog with my brother when he was littel but I couldn't really stand much more than that. Now I'm totally lookign for new games to paly and I spent like 7 or 8 hours playing Resident evil 4 which is the most awesome game I've ever played aver. I'm still not anywhere near hardcore gamer and I'm not really sure I'ma casual gamer either. I think I'm agamer by association because if my bf wasn't soooooo into games I still wouldn't play at all.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I've moved into the casual gamer category now. I was hard core about 10 years ago with Gran Turismo.
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
I'm a gamer-chick, but I guess I fall somewhere in between the casual-hardcore spectrum...maybe a little bit closer to the hardcore side but not by much. It depends on the free time I have. Since I have had more free time lately, I've been playing games more. I finally got around to playing and finishing Mario Galaxy, and I recently beat Devil May Cry 4, which by the way is an awesome game. There only certain games that I like playing so I'm waiting for some other games to come out before I pick up the controller again. In the meantime, I'll probably keep playing Rock Band with my hubby. ^_^
tina_thepunk tina_thepunk 9 years
im a hardcore addicted gamer. i buy games twice a week. is this sad?!
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 9 years
I'm a hardcore gamer with a casual gamers life. LOL BK (before kiddo) I was a hardcore gamer. Matter of fact, I spent the last week of BK playing non-stop Gauntlet while sitting in the recliner (I had 2 weeks maternity before I gave birth!). Sadly, I can't play as often with the kiddo here. He either wants to play or he can't play what I am playing. I still have Legend of Zelda for the Wii brand new waiting to be played. *sniff*
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I'm pretty hard core although I don't seem to have much time to play video games lately.
duplinger duplinger 9 years
Ok so I bought my husband a new cobalt DS lite, and told him it was for valentines day. I am trying to figure our how I am going to get him to let me keep it while he goes on the road> LOL j/k it's really for him I know he'll share!!;-))
blueskyotome blueskyotome 9 years
I'm barely a gamer at all by most standards (Kingdom Whatnow?), but sort of hardcore when it comes to DDR. In college, I played almost every day -- in my room on days that I had classes, and at the arcade on days off. Now I DDR a few nights a week to stay in shape. (For all that, I'm still at that awkward stage between Standard and Heavy, argh...) Weirdly, though, even though I've never played any version of it and don't plan to, I always have my ears up for news about the Silent Hill games. I wonder if anyone else is like that -- you're into the plotlines, characters, and overall world of a game or series, but for whatever reason you've just never sat down and played it?
Morgaine29 Morgaine29 9 years
I am a casual gamer, with occasional forays into hard core every so often when I have the time.
Yaro67 Yaro67 9 years
I would love to have the time to be a hard core gamer but with 40 - 45 hours a week at work and another 20 - 30 hours a week in school, who has the time?
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