The use of the term "casual gamer" is starting to become quickly outdated, and a study released by the Macrovision Corporation says that "casual" players spend more time on games than many hardcore gamers. At this point, how do we determine which is which?
…according to a recent worldwide survey, 37 percent of those who use casual games play nine or more two-hour 'sessions' each week.
In addition, the survey, of 789 worldwide participants, found that casual gameplay happens most often at night, as opposed to during commute hours or other 'quick break' times during the day, again indicating that the moniker 'casual' is a little anachronistic for the gameplay style.
So with that amount of time being spent on games, why are they still casual? Is it because they play games on their cellphones and flash titles on their computers instead of going to the gaming stores for the newest releases? Is it because they don't spend enough time researching games or arguing about them online? Casual gamers are spending some serious time playing, and their money goes just as far as ours. With findings like this, it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to start seeing ads for casual games in more publications and during more mainstream programming.
So what do we call these people? Do we needa term that means hardcore-casual gamer? It seems as if more and more people are finding videogames an acceptable way to spend their time,and a lot of time at that. If they only playMahjong for ten-hour sittings,does that make them any less of a gamer than someone spending the same amount of time playing Battlefield 2?