The death of hardcore gaming?

Hardcore gamers, you're a dying breed. Casual games are blowing up, and it seems like everyone wants in on the action. It's easy to see why: from free-to-play web-based games like Bejeweled to the Wii minigame collections clogging retail shelves, the genre commands an audience more than 150 million strong, according to a report by the Casual Games Association. But the industry-wide push to turn grandmas into gamers has raised a worrisome question: as more and more companies shift their attention to these seemingly innocuous games, will more traditional, hardcore experiences fall by the wayside?

Let's step back for a second. Casual games - usually defined as simple games that are easy to get into and relatively inexpensive to make - have been with us for a long, long time. For years now, their biggest audience has been on PCs, where downloadable games like Diner Dash and Cake Mania entertain a mostly older, female demographic more interested in killing time than in killing monsters. With the advent of the Wii and successful game-download services on the 360 and PS3, however, we've seen an explosion in the amount of attention paid toward the genre - as well as a trickle of publishers abandoning more complex games in favor of lower-cost, higher-profit projects on the Wii and DS.

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Jack Bauer4068d ago

i didn't read the whole thing but, as long as the xbox and playstation brands are around, HC gaming will stay... no casucal gamer is gonna spend that kind of money on hardware...they play on their PC cause they already have one...and the Wii/DS cause they are cheap....but many of the casual gamers i know that have wiis...have one game...or only have nintendo made games...little money in 3rd party games with nintendo products.

Bloodmask4068d ago

Hardcore gamers already make up a very small percentage of gamers. People like us on N4G are the minority.

Most people are casual gamers that even bought a PS2. Most people that bought a PS2 bought it when it was cheap. These kinds of people are the ones who just buy EA Sports games every year and don't know about HD and Bluray, HDMI...etc.

45421254067d ago (Edited 4067d ago )

Well, luckily for us, game developers who make AAA-titles are also hardcore gamers. And they would never neglect the hardcore side of this industry, and hardcore games are some of the best selling games in history. GTA, GT, Final Fantasy, Goldeneye, Halo, Myst, Tekken, Need For Speed. ;)

lonestarmt4068d ago (Edited 4068d ago )

We are the minority, but games for us will always be there, just fewer and far between. Like the other guy said, Causal gamers only really buy one or two games a year. We ,however, buy too many games a year. lol. Some developer will always try to get our cash, but I still think the wii is hurting the gaming industry.

XxZxX4068d ago

the death of hardcore gaming = the death of XBOX 360.
but who are we kidding, that's always room for hardcore gaming just not that much

ShiftyLookingCow4067d ago

what a joke! market has expanded to casual becoming more important, but people who played then with old Halo or GTA still play and its still increasing just not as fast as casuals.

PS360WII4068d ago

I'll admit it I only read the title and saw the picture. Can you stop stroking the Wii please? Wii has hardcore games and is getting more it's a balanced system.

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