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Why I’m Afraid of the Casual Gaming Revolution

Why I’m afraid of the Casual Revolution
You know, ever since the Wii made it’s début just under three years ago, there is something going on in gaming that many average gamers don’t want, but many of the newer ones seem to do. Casual Gaming. I do have to say, though, that it has in the years past, broadened the horizon of what traits are considered to make up a Gamer. I remember my Aunt saying that she loved the Wii. This was a bit weird for me. I guess you could call this a good thing that we Gamers have been accused of being like a walled-in community not letting anyone in. This is, I think, actually kind of bad for gaming in general, as well as the industry as a whole. But, to be honest, I am one of those guards on the walls, not wanting these new “Gamers” to come in and this is why.
The problem with the Wii, I think, is that the games that are released for it are not really games at all., They’re basically a bunch of mini games in one convenient package. They’re pretty much Warioware, just without the zaniness. This isn’t just with the games released for the Wii, you understand, all these, “Casual” games have one, maybe two game types. Peggle – a game where you shoot balls at different coloured pegs to clear them away, with an emphasis on skilled shooting –  and those like it; though they may be good are, in actuality, very simple. The problem I find, is that being agamer that likes story, atmosphere and a well realised world, I find that these games are too simplistic for their own good. These casual games don’t have need a story because of their simplicity, they only have the atmosphere of happy, shiny place, and they have barely a world worth playing in, I think. This is what I’m afraid of: that the casual revolution will do this to the majority of games released in the future. They will virtually destroy the progress for what – more detailed and advanced games have made so far. They may be fun and enjoyable for awhile, but soon I would imagine that a seasoned Gamer will be hungering for something more.  Casual Gamers don’t like meaty RPGs, character-driven Adventure games, or blockbuster First Person Shooters. They only like Wii Sports and Peggle.
You might think that I shouldn’t be afraid that the casual gaming market is a fad and nothing else. Think again. It is already well-known that the Wii is currently the most popular system in the three console wars going on right now. That’s because you can buy it for your Gran and they still will enjoy it. However, it really is true that there is a trend going on. It’s a trend that will most certainly have an effect on what the game publishing/development companies will look for in the future. Budgets are getting bigger and bigger for the top AAA games because that’s what companies think that their audiences want. Play games with the latest graphics and lots of ‘splosions’. The thing is, these budgets can’t sustain themselves for very long and there will come become a time (- maybe it’s already here with this recession-) where the budgets will burst and game production is put on hold. How much money it will take at that time is when the publishers will say, “Ah! This audience is disappearing too fast. We will have to get another audience in that don’t care about blockbuster games andone that will go for more simpler games that are easier and, most importantly, less expensive to produce.Casual audiences who don’t care about big budgets and only care about a set of mini games in a package. This is looking more and more likely to happen as Activision Blizzard and the like are charging more and more of our hard-earned dosh for a trade of less and less gameplay. Soon we might be paying sixty English pounds for a frank one hour of gameplay- if that at all. It sounds absurd, but that’s the price of going for a small audience that is demanding more and more.
So maybe we should be asking for less realistic graphics, or maybe we should get this new audience to get on to playing the more detailed games. To be frank, though, I don’t see that happening myself. I know for sure that my Aunt would never go and Play Final Fantasy 7 or Ocarina of Time. Maybe we are doomed to toss this part of Gaming history aside. Oh well… I guess that copy of Final Fantasy 13 might be all the more sweeter with all the extra minigames built-in for “extra fantastic gameplay”.

Author: xercies
Date: 13/08/2009
WiseAss Thinkers

You know, ever since the Wii made it’s début just under three years ago, there is something going on in gaming that many average gamers don’t want, but many of the newer ones seem to do. Casual Gaming. I do have to say, though, that it has in the years past, broadened the horizon of what traits are considered to make up a Gamer. I remember my Aunt saying that she loved the Wii. This was a bit weird for me. I guess you could call this a good thing that we Gamers have been accused of being like a walled-in community not letting anyone in. This is, I think, actually kind of bad for gaming in general, as well as the industry as a whole. But, to be honest, I am one of those guards on the walls, not wanting these new “Gamers” to come in and this is why.

The problem with the Wii, I think, is that the games that are released for it are not really games at all., They’re basically a bunch of mini games in one convenient package. They’re pretty much Warioware, just without the zaniness. This isn’t just with the games released for the Wii, you understand, all these, “Casual” games have one, maybe two game types. Peggle – a game where you shoot balls at different coloured pegs to clear them away, with an emphasis on skilled shooting –  and those like it; though they may be good are, in actuality, very simple.

The problem I find, is that being agamer that likes story, atmosphere and a well realised world, I find that these games are too simplistic for their own good. These casual games don’t have need a story because of their simplicity, they only have the atmosphere of happy, shiny place, and they have barely a world worth playing in, I think. This is what I’m afraid of: that the casual revolution will do this to the majority of games released in the future. They will virtually destroy the progress for what – more detailed and advanced games have made so far. They may be fun and enjoyable for awhile, but soon I would imagine that a seasoned Gamer will be hungering for something more.  Casual Gamers don’t like meaty RPGs, character-driven Adventure games, or blockbuster First Person Shooters. They only like Wii Sports and Peggle.

You might think that I shouldn’t be afraid that the casual gaming market is a fad and nothing else. Think again. It is already well-known that the Wii is currently the most popular system in the three console wars going on right now. That’s because you can buy it for your Gran and they still will enjoy it. However, it really is true that there is a trend going on. It’s a trend that will most certainly have an effect on what the game publishing/development companies will look for in the future.

Budgets are getting bigger and bigger for the top AAA games because that’s what companies think that their audiences want. Play games with the latest graphics and lots of ‘splosions’. The thing is, these budgets can’t sustain themselves for very long and there will come become a time (- maybe it’s already here with this recession-) where the budgets will burst and game production is put on hold. How much money it will take at that time is when the publishers will say, “Ah! This audience is disappearing too fast. We will have to get another audience in that don’t care about blockbuster games andone that will go for more simpler games that are easier and, most importantly, less expensive to produce.Casual audiences who don’t care about big budgets and only care about a set of mini games in a package. This is looking more and more likely to happen as Activision Blizzard and the like are charging more and more of our hard-earned dosh for a trade of less and less gameplay. Soon we might be paying sixty English pounds for a frank one hour of gameplay- if that at all. It sounds absurd, but that’s the price of going for a small audience that is demanding more and more.

So maybe we should be asking for less realistic graphics, or maybe we should get this new audience to get on to playing the more detailed games. To be frank, though, I don’t see that happening myself. I know for sure that my Aunt would never go and Play Final Fantasy 7 or Ocarina of Time. Maybe we are doomed to toss this part of Gaming history aside. Oh well… I guess that copy of Final Fantasy 13 might be all the more sweeter with all the extra minigames built-in for “extra fantastic gameplay”.

by Xercies
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