What Do You Think Of ‘Casual’?

by on January 5, 2011

‘Cobblers’. That word is the crux of Gazimoff’s opinion post on the word ‘casual’, which gets tossed around in gaming circles like a grenade by people in an enclosed space. Except unlike the grenade which will explode and take everyone’s heads messily off no matter who’s holding it, the word ‘casual’ shouldn’t even scratch us. But people use it as a derogatory term, and that’s why Gazimoff deploys the cobblers.

Gazimoff’s post is very readable. He says he’s played WoW to varying degrees of urgency and has gone from what most folks would call a hardcore raider to playing less often but still achieving the same things. Only difference is he’s not getting there quite as quickly. When Gazimoff plays more than I do and ‘casuals’ like me and mine took the Lich King down 9 months ago, he’s right: being casual isn’t bad and wrong.

Have I somehow become something less of a gamer for making this choice? Did the magic skill fairy visit me in the night and render me a crap button fumbling idiot? I don’t think so.
There’s nothing wrong with being a casual player. We all have different pulls on our life and only so much time we can give to Warcraft. Like Vidyala said over at Manalicious, there’s nothing wrong with not being first.

He goes on to talk about playstyles that get mistaken for ‘casual’ and which are, let’s say, less desireable. He talks about ‘entitled’ players, and how important it is to make a distinction between casual and entitled players: those who do and don’t make an effort to play and contribute to the team.

The whole casual/hardcore debate is nothing new but Gazimoff’s post felt like a fresh charge and a platform for crisp debate. Given all of that and that Gazimoff’s New Year blog resolution is to write more opinion pieces from the heart, I’m looking forward to seeing what else he comes up with. I’m hoping others will adopt his resolution too!

What do you think – what player types do we lump into the terms ‘hardcore’ and ‘casual’ that we shouldn’t?

Quote taken directly from Gazimoff’s post
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Fish Doctor January 7, 2011 at 10:44 am

Alas I think my game playing style sinks so much lower than ‘casual’. Life is intrusive and I get online every month or so, or even longer. Being as I am not generally involved with group/guild activity this approach has not much been a problem, however it has seriously limited my ability to make friends on WoW as anybody I do meet and befriend has usually run off with other WoWers and forgotten all about me by the time I return. I also find that I’m met with a certain amount of hostility from certain dungeon players – usually the ones who feel the need to use capital letters to express the full force of their fury that I do not also hold a  flotilla of level 80+ characters and do not always understand the jargon that arises (you know who you are). Luckily, this generally rolls off of my thick skin else I wouldn’t continue to play and luckily also for every five muppets with anger issues there’s twenty apathetic players and maybe one diamond in the rough whose whole approach to the game is not simply to be the biggest and the best – regardless of how many people you trample on in this quest - but to be personable to others even if you can’t see them face to face.


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