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Adam Doree

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Casual Games - Jun 27, 2008 00:53
Your views please.

What are casual games?

Who plays them?

Do you?

What' s hot and what' s not?

Like them or not casual games are becoming increasingly important to the industry' s established players - the likes of EA and Ubisoft have revealed dedicated casual brands and strong pushes from internal divisions, while arguably, the likes of Sony has always courted the massmarket gamer with things like EyeToy, SingStar and Buzz, and over on the Wii there' s a wealth of casual-like offerings. Casual gaming is not just from our part of the industry either, it stems from online gaming like PopCap, Miniclip, Pogo and even as far back as Solitaire, the original and most popular casual game, and extends all the way to mobile phones which is still a potent area yet to reach its supposed full potential. XBLA and PSN surely fit into the equation somewhere too. But at what point does good competition become oversaturation, and what is the best path forwards for this sector of gaming? We have all played casual games - whether we knew it or not - whether it' s Snake on Nokia mobile phones, an internet flash game forwarded to you by your friend. When do casual games become not so casual? Tetris is a casual game with a legacy, a following of fans and an ongoing business that is anything but casual. Is Bomberman a casual game? What about Death Tank Zwei?

Please discuss your throughts on this broad topic.
< Message edited by Adam Doree -- 26 Jun 08 16:59:01 >

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