Noun:

A group of people who play and enjoy video games. Most gamers, including the so-called hardcore gamers started off as this. They play games because they are fun. Some may find fun in making a high score. Others may find joy in hanging out with their friends while playing popular games. These popular games change over the years. Some series with hardcore fans as the primary audience today (ex. Street Fighter) were at their peak of popularity when a wide variety of audiences played them. Casual fans are blamed for the increase in bad games, but those who say this either never owned a NES or a Sega Genesis (two examples of great systems with tons of crap games) or are mad at the fact that there are people who would rather play Wii Sports Resort than Call of Duty. What they don't realize is that Call of Duty is a game also played by casual gamers. These same individuals complain whenever they see a game like Mushihime-sama, BlazBlue or Tales of Monkey Island. They see these games (and others like them) as too old, too ugly, tookiddy, or way too hard. When another sequel comes out for Madden, they bitch and complain and yet when games which match their old-school tastes are released most of these hardcore gamers refuse to buy them unless if they are sequels to popular series (ex. Mega Man 10).
Jamal the casual gamer likes playing Grand Theft Auto 4. He also likes playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band. He loves playing these games alone but he finds them even more fun when he's playing them with his friends.

Jenny the hardcore gamer hates people who play those games. She thinks that anyone who plays these games is a moron. She's never met Jamal but clearly his tastes show that he's not very smart. How could anyone enjoy games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Grand Theft Auto 4? Doesn't he know that REAL gamers play games like Call of Duty, Red Dead Redemption, and Super Street Fighter IV?
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casual gamers make up the silent majority of computer and console game players that:

1, use pc and console games as a means of socializing or to connect with friends rather than as an achievement or to further their reputation as a skillful game player.

2, are by definition inferior in skill to any hardcore gamer.

3, do not play casual games.

4, play mainly console based games due to their ease of setup and "plug & play" capabiliy.

5, inherently feel a need to confront hardcore gamers due to their own inferior skills and the hardcore gamers inherent need to prove victorious.
Any casual gamer that successfully challenges a hardcore gamer is not a casual gamer, but a hardcore gamer in denial.

Obviousy, all gamers are bound by the desire to win at any given game, there would be no point to any game if that were not true, but the over-riding desire to connect with other individuals, be it close friends or distant aquaintances define the casual gamer.

Hardcore gamers have a generally negative, and often derogatory view of casual gamers, looked upon as the plauge of the video game industry. While hardcore gamers are in the minority of gamers they provide an invaluable resource to developers on both the hardware and software end. Without the hardcore gamers passion and dedication to the art, we would not have the quality games that are available today.

Since the purchase power of the casual gamer determines what becomes a best seller, it is understandable why the hardcore gamer has such contempt for the group.
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A mmorpg player who can't (or won't)play for more than 2 hours in a row. Usually due to real life commitments.
In the middle of a dungeon: "Sorry, I've got to leave. I'm taking my girlfriend to see a movie."
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A person who plays games but aren't competitive. Usually they are just there to be social and have fun but if they end up losing in the game they wouldn't mind. They don't put in a lot of effort to try to win. They may or may not play long hours of games. A casual gamer doesn't place their gaming as a first priority.
Example of a casual gamer: "Sorry guys, I need to get to school or work or I need to go rest". Or "Good game, good job, nice try, it's okay we or I used to be new too".
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A gamer that just plays for fun but secretly is a harcore gamer and rages when things don't go his or her way.
Hunter must be a casual gamer. I heard him raging from downstairs.
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In- Short:
Casual Gamer is the lowest common denominator in the gaming industry.

Explanation:
Gamer that put simplicity over complexity.
Most pre-2000 games are propagating difficulty by complexity.
Sadly, the demand for such games is decreasing, as the majority of gamers is getting less and less demanding for intellectually challenging games caused by the intellectual degradation of the society (see "dumbing down society").
Such gamers are called Casual Gamers.
They, as the majority are the pillars of the gaming industry.
As such, the gaming industry is prioritizing their demands and adjusting towards it creating a silent standard or a collective casual gaming model.
Casual Gamer redefined standards as shown below:
Tomb Raider, 1996 -> Complex, Good classical music creating a fantastic atmosphere, gigantic levels, great riddles.
Tomb Raider, 2013 -> Simple level design (a straight line), generic action series music, no unique atmosphere at all, small chambers, very simple riddles.

Even FPS games:
Duke Nukem 3D, 1996 -> Complex level design, big levels, many small riddles.
Duke Nukem Forever, 2011-> level design = straight line, one or two simple riddles, totally messed up weapons handling and energy economy.

H&S/ Rpg:
Diablo 1 compared to Diablo 3 -> needless to say.
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What kills the game industry. Equivilant of someone who plays Farmville. Some games they play. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. ShovelMcShovelWare 17 Wii. Any Intellivision game.
Casual Gamer: I play ShovelWare 18 and bought 6 copies of Modern Warfare 2!
Hardcore gamer: You killed E3.
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