It's always a little odd to hear someone talk about gaming as 'hardcore' or 'casual' because it is, after all, still just game. When we log out of the game and turn off our computers, we've come to the same place no matter if we spent our time clearing Karazhan at record speed, or spent it in a tavern discussing the finer points of blood elf hair-styling over tankards of ale. When someone announces they are making a casual MMO, what do they mean by that? World of Warcraft
was at one point described as a casual MMO, and perhaps compared to EverQuest
or Dark Age of Camelot
, it was. It set up a milestone for casual gaming, but gaming has moved on and now even WoW
is considered too hardcore for many. How is it possible to define what a casual MMO is, when the definition keeps changing?