Casual gaming is where the player doesn’t have to spend great amounts of time playing the game to get the the finish line, therefore in casual games the game usually doesn’t have an ending and it is continuous, it also seems to not have a saving system along, where as hardcore games have some sort of saving system where you have to manually save the game, for example games that don’t have a saving system are Candy Crush and Flappy Bird. Because casual gaming is so popular and easy to do this is usually because the controls within a casual game are very simple for example there is a usually one game mechanic within a casual game such as get the bird between the spaces to pass along. To do this you only have to press the screen to make the bird go up and release to make it come down, and because of this simple mechanic many games can be put into any type of gameplay and can be placed into any genre. This is different to a hardcore gamer, as a hardcore gamer can play videos game as their main source of entertainment, and often play more the 3 or 4 hours a day, which is over the recommended amount of time. A hardcore gamer will play mostly any game, unlike a serious gamer they only seem to play games they seem to get something out of, such as an educational gamer something that will benefit them.
Even though Candy Crush can be known to be a casual game, because of the gaming market and how popular it has become, and how often people play on it for long periods of time, there is arguments that it is becoming a hardcore game where people can spend prolonged amounts of time on it. This brings me to the point of peoples own opinions, because some people who don’t play games at all will see others as game addicts that only play casual games, where as someone who plays games religiously would only call themselves casual gamers because to them playing game for excessive amounts of time. Also I say this but it could be argued differently for example say if a hardcore gamer played on a hardcore game, but within the game they played by simple rules say on GTA you both play a game a tag, which in itself is a simple game, and they only play for around 20 minutes that wouldn’t be classes as a hardcore game, compared to someone playing on Candy Crush for more then 4 hours, it is known as a casual game but because of the time period spent on it, some people could classify the person as a hardcore gamer.