Social features blur the line between casual and hardcore gaming

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My Xbox Live avatar. Does it look like a hardcore gamer to you? Not really.
Does my Xbox Live avatar look like a hardcore gamer to you? Not really.

Some years ago you either loved video games and spent hours playing on your console or you just played Snake on your phone. Now the line that divides casual gamers from hardcore gamers is blurring, and social features are to blame.

Or thank.

Wikipedia still has these entries:

Casual gamer: The casual gamer is a person who plays games designed for ease of gameplay (such as Tetris) and doesn’t spend much time playing more involved games.

Hardcore gamer: A person who spends much of their leisure time playing games. As a consequence of the large amount of time spent, these gamers often become very proficient at playing games, and play their games to the fullest potential, playing games online is also a big part of being a hardcore gamer.

But things are changing:

Most of these changes are happening because we really enjoy sharing our gaming experiences and companies are starting to understand how to make money from casual games.

Will both casual and hardcore gaming disappear in favor of a unique category, social gaming?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_(video_game)#Snake_on_Nokia_phones

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  3. Doc

    Judging by your photo you are not very old. At 56 and my wife of just a few years younger ( you know women and age topics ;-) ) you may be interested to know that in the old days we would hover over a green screen crt terminal running via a 300 baud modem over our house phone to the univeristy academic unix system and play hack, rouge, tetris (before it was cool) and a number of other games. Even that spelunker game that I can’t remember the name of but can remember that xyzzy was the secret word to telepot from one place to another. Anyway, in those days we were hard core gamers. I was employed at the university as a PC tech but even so, my wife and I held the high score off and on for a year or more all on dial up using standard keyboard charcters and whipping the butts of all the smart little college kids. It was nice when we didn’t have to use hjkl for left, up, down and right and could use the arrow keys instead. By the time the commodore 64 got going well with plenty of games and a joystick, we were in hog heaven. Anyway, back to the point, people don’t change, technolgy changes. I look back on the hours we spent and yes sometimes wasted in those days and now I know my wife is in the other room trying to lay out her farm as we speak. Personally, I’m waiting for a new animal to get a blue ribbon. Nothing has really changed, it is just more graphical and yes you can share the experience a bit more. I never understood why they didn’t make hack a multiuser game so we could gang up on a shopkeeper back then.

    Here is what I typed all that junk to say. What I see today alarms me. We wasted a lot of time back then but we did have a life. We got up, went to work, fed and raised a family and lived in a real world. Today, too many people are jacked into some kind of artificial realty they seem more comfortable in than the real world. Sorry folks but “The Matrix” is not where you want to live. Who am I, that black guy trying to remind everyone that the real world is REAL and a whole lot better than the fantasy world of gaming. Too many people today live for their eFix. They are addicted to something that is as fantasmagory as anything that has ever existed. This is getting long isn’t it?

    Sorry to drag on with this but your question gave me an oppotunity to piggy back onto your subject with my own thoughts that have been hatching for a long time. I guess we call this a hijacked thread – I like forums too.

    As this is in no way meant to be a put down to you, gamers or anyone else, I want to close by saying that I was very impressed that your Bio says you are a long distance runner. Excellent, this may give you something to ponder while running those miles off. Just think about this, if people get to a point where the virtual world based on gaming, social web sites or any other “virtual reality” takes over there lives then what value will the real life have for them?

    Strange as it may seem, sounds like some sort of game hatched in the mind of Diablo to me. So what do you think?

    Oh, sorry, got to go, the wife just called out a baby calf is up for grabs. Yeah, blue ribbon.