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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