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Submitted by tromwarrior 681d ago | opinion piece

What is a Core Game?

Oprainfall writes: "It is stated in the [Nintendo 3DS] ads that although these individuals play games, they are not “gamers”. I, personally, believe that Nintendo intended no harm with this campaign; they were merely stating that anyone, regardless of gaming experience, can enjoy games developed and published by them. However, it was poorly executed and as a result Nintendo have received a lot of backlash from the gaming community, and we at Oprainfall have had our say. But these ads got us thinking: The terms “casual” and “core” are often tossed around when talking about games and gamers, but what do they actually mean?" (Culture, Nintendo)

StrawHatPatriot  +   681d ago
A core game is a game that requires some practice to play better and a control scheme that isn't too simple or basic (like pressing the spacebar is the only control). Whether it's Tetris, Super Mario bros. or Halo, these are core games.

A core gamer is a gamer who is willing to get better at a game, wants to get immersed/engrossed in the game, or wants a challenge that isn't too simple.
Tres21  +   681d ago
im sorry not tryin 2 be funny but im confused r u sayin tetris is or isnt a core game cuz its pretty simple...or pac-man is that core cuz its been around so long?
StrawHatPatriot  +   681d ago
I never said pac-man is a core game, and yes, Tetris is a core game because it contains a lot of strategy and careful planning, and one can get better at it.
Tres21  +   675d ago
true u didnt say that pac-man was core but it just seems when ne1 says this is core or not its sayin ok puzzle games honestly 2 me dont seem core if i was gonna start placing them. & one button contoller schemes lik adventure games prob wouldnt count but sum do hav a challenge 2 them...but im only really sayin ne of this cuz i remember atari pitfall, pole position & alot of old skool games that might be lil phone games now & get placed at casual when i use 2 bust my ash in those games & they were all simple games

if i was 2 say Core gamer id go 4 more the type of person who when sum1 says why u playin games they r 4 kids they get offended.lol
telekeneticmantis  +   681d ago
Core relates to
the complexity of the game. Some games have hardcore(complex) gameplay, but not hardcore(comple) themes or story, like Mario,

Complex visuals, complex gameplay, complex themes, complex story, not every game has all those boxes checked, and some do but to various extremes.
drizzom  +   681d ago
A "core game" in my opinion would be a game that doesn't insult the players intelligence but instead challenges it. The system should be complex enough to hold a great number of possibilities.

A "hardcore gamer" is a player that wants a challenging game and the freedom to use the games complex system to overcome the challenges the game has set before them.

This is why games like Monster Hunter, Bayonetta and Devil May Cry 3 are popular. They all answer the call that gamers were looking for. Each of those games present challenges for "hardcore" gamers to overcome. They aren't "cheap difficulty" games. They GIVE you the tools needed to overcome these challenges. It's just simply up to you the gamer to learn and conquer them.

Well thats my messy opinion. Hats off to you if you can make sense of it.

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