[casual_games] Origin of the term "casual games"
James C. Smith
james at reflexive.net
Tue Feb 27 18:38:24 EST 2007
GDC 2003 had a 'Casual Games Panel' including Dave Rohrl, John Vechey and
Steve Meretzky This means they planned it in much earlier in 2002.
From: casual_games-bounces at igda.org [mailto:casual_games-bounces at igda.org]
On Behalf Of Wade Tinney
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 3:13 PM
To: 'IGDA Casual Games SIG Mailing List'
Subject: [casual_games] Origin of the term "casual games"
An historical/etymological question that a writer recently posed to me; what
is the origin of the term "casual games"? When was it first used to describe
this particular industry/genre? Perhaps some person or company on this list
was the first? Did we simply borrow it from the console/retail side of the
Note that the last thing I want to do with this question is provoke a
discussion about the definition of casual games, or how it's not a great
name, et cetera. Beat that horse if you must, but I can assure you.it's
p.s. If someone from Google is on this list, this might be a good project to
spend your abundant free time on. Create a tool that would allow someone to
find the first time a particular word/phrase was cataloged by Google. I
would totally use it right now.
partner, game designer
Large Animal Games, nyc
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