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Simple, Innovative Games Offer a Breath of Fresh Air

In most video games, the main goal is to a) stay alive and b) shoot down the alien baddies or c) find some elevator or key that unlocks a door into the next area. But what if the goal was to control the wind to attract flower petals, or draw crayon markings to control objects on a canvas?

"Casual" games, long despised by real gamers for their rudimentary gameplay mechanics and simplistic graphics, are making a comeback on the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and Sony PlayStation 3. And it's not because people are hankering to play Uno or Solitaire again. Unusual play mechanics and a new visual flair increasingly set casual games apart from brain-dead shooters.

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