A History of Casual Play

In this thorough timeline we chart the history of casual gaming, from its earliest beginnings thousands of years before the words 'casual game' would be muttered right up to the arrival of groups like the Casual Games Association. And guess what? It turns out your mum's urge to play games didn't start with Peggle…

2200BC: Legend has it that the ancient and wise Chinese Emperor Tang Yao created the two-player board game Go to keep his dim-witted son quiet. Over 4,000 years later, casual Go players are still distracted by unruly offspring playing Halo 3 online in the room next door.

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