This post took me a fair bit of time to write, and with Patch 4.0.6 dropping today and the subsequent nerfing of some heroic bosses, it may lose a bit of its prevalence. Then again, it very well may not. So it goes. I’m posting this, regardless.
Also, it’s a bit longer than my usual posts. You have been warned. 🙂
While there is a negative stigma associated with it, I will say it up front. I am a casual WoW player and I am a member of a casual guild.
What does that even mean? I’m sure you’ll get a different explanation depending on who you ask.
Myself…I would generalize it as “commitment to the game”. Part of that commitment could involve time and part of it could involve objectives. The larger commitments you make (time or objectives), the more dedicated (or “hard core”) you are to playing the game. So, casually speaking, while one person may commit a certain amount of time to the game, they may not have committed to larger objectives (ie: raiding). Similarly, one person may like to commit themselves to a large objective, but they are otherwise limited by time to play the game. Also, by extension of its members, this can be observed on the guild level. Even if the casual guild does go raiding, it’s typically never made into the priority. Nor does the “guild” – via guild officers, more active players, etc. – make demands of its members. They may ask, but ultimatums are not really associated with playing a game on a casual level.
That’s what “casual” means to me when it comes to WoW.
Now, I’m not really trying to stir-the-pot with the “Casual vs. Hardcore” debate – I’m just clarifying my perspective. Heck, while I’m at it, I should state that I’m not really trying to chime in on the “WoW is too hard” sob fest, either; although they’re both related to my thoughts on Cataclysm. I won’t go as far as saying that WoW is too difficult – because frankly, I don’t know, nor do I feel that way.
But I will say that by making things as difficult as they have, Blizzard has made WoW less accessible. As such, the casual player will ultimately be exposed to less content than they were in WotLK.
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