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This week’s Fun Fact: I am a casual gamer
My little brother likes to teasingly call me a casual whenever we discuss video games. While he prefers hardcore and challenging games like Dungeon Defenders, Dota 2, and League of Legends, I prefer RPGs and simulations like Kingdom Hearts, Civilization V, and the Dragon Age series. I also dabble in the occasional visual novel though not very often. Even with the few games I play I always try to make sure there is an easy mode (though never sandbox that’s just boring) because if it’s too challenging to me it’s not fun.
The thing about casual gaming is that I still consider myself a gamer (though many don’t) and I enjoy being a gamer. I enjoy trying out new casual games and find what I like and dislike. Sometimes that means spending an exorbitant amount of money on a game I hate but I think with any hobby that can be an issue.
The other thing about casual gaming is that in general since I game casually I don’t feel the pressure to keep up to date or to beat games. I enjoy just playing when the mood strikes. For me the game is less about skill and more about the story and the characters at in in RPGs. In simulation gaming is about building the story and characters myself. One of the reasons I love and play The Sims franchise. I’ve being playing The Sims since the first game came and have played every installation of it since (though I’m extremely disappointed with The Sims 4). In The Sims you create, design, and manage your own characters. You can create entire stories for them. Simblr (Sim tumblrs) dedicate hours to creating complicated stories using The Sims. The same cannot be said of “hardcore” games.
The Dragon Age series is has intricate plot and the outcome changes depending on your choices in the game. Even the beginning changes depending on what race, gender, and class you choose. You can befriend your companions or romance them. Most of the characters can be romanced by either gender and while it still has a long way to go it’s very progressive as far as video games go.
This post has become a mini-rant because although I love being a casual gamer I often have to prove myself as such. Casuals tend to be looked down on in the gaming community. But the whole point of being a casual is that I don’t give a shit about the gaming community.
On another note, I think the games I love so much I love because they are similar to books for me. They provide a different reality that I can immerse myself in for hours. I can create the reality in simulation games (like I do when I write my own stories/books) or I can lose myself in the reality someone else has created.
Do you play video games? Have you thought about getting into them if you don’t? What kind of games do you prefer?