Console Gaming and Casual Gaming

If you’ve ever had a few minutes to kill at work, if you’ve ever had nothing to do in a day but sit around goofing off on the computer, then you know how addictive and fun games can be on your web browser. In the past, we didn’t have many options outside of buying a gaming console or getting a PC powerful enough to play the newest games, but if you’re only a casual gamer, why spend that much money?

The games you can play through your web browser are free, and very easy to pick up and play, which is why so called “casual gamers”, people who only play games on their cell phones or on the web, actually form a larger percentage of the gaming population than what you’d call the “hardcore gamers”, the people playing tournament games and consoles. Simply put, there’s no threshold to cross to enjoy these games in terms of money or skill or experience. These games are more accessible to everyone and, many would argue, a lot more fun.

“Hardcore” games are becoming more and more demanding. You may have fond memories of those hack and slash adventure games from your youth, but try and pick one up today and you’ll be met with a half hour of story before you’re even allowed to slash a single monster. Fighting games are becoming harder to jump right into for a quick match, too, demanding that you customize your characters and memorize a list of special moves as long as your arm if you want to stand a chance. Browser games, on the other hand, are really all about fun. In fact, it’s kind of ironic that they’re so addictive, because most of them are designed to be played beginning to end in an hour or so, but we often wind up spending an entire afternoon trying to beat our score on some ridiculous little puzzle or action game.

Another upside to the browser games you’ll find on these gaming sites is that they’re not usually made by big companies or corporations. They’re made by people of all ages and of all backgrounds with a little bit of programming knowledge, a good idea and some time to kill. This means you’ll see a lot of fun, weird ideas. Ideas that make for great games, but are too wild and ridiculous for any mainstream game developer to take seriously, but the very fact that some of these games are so weird and silly is why we can’t stop playing them.