The Daily Grind: Can we please nuke the term ‘filthy casual’ into the sun

    
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A while back, MOP reader Aldristavan tweeted a joke about being a “filthy casual” that leaped out at me so hard I had to write about it.

I know we’ve spent plenty of ink about the words casual and hardcore and how they get smooshed around into dramatically different meanings – skill, time, money, effort, fanpersoning – depending on the conversation. Hardcores are grinders or powerlevelers or raiders or PvPers or whales or endgamers or no-lifers (ug) or superfans. Casuals are newbies or slowbies or froobs or cheapskates or scrubs or spectators or midgamers or tryhards or also whales (come on!). The whole thing is really dumb, and Aldristavan’s joke demonstrates why: “Filthy casuals” are usually just as invested in the whole MMO ecosystem as any “elitist hardcore,” just in different ways – and frankly more profitable-to-the-company ways. As Raph Koster’s pointed out, the people who write strategy guides and run guilds and stream and build are “the players who make the world come alive” – and yet they’re often the ones being denigrated as casuals.

Do you consider yourself a “filthy casual” when it comes to MMOs? And if you’re about to answer yes, how do you reconcile that internalization with the fact that you’re answering a question in the comments of an MMORPG website? Can we please nuke the term “filthy casual” into the sun?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Moc Ora

I feel that term is not used seriously. Arguably it hasn’t been used seriously since the early days of WoW. If there are people still using the term as a serious insult; that is cringe.

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Bannex

I prefer the term squalid leisurist.

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Leprous Laggard here.

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Scorp Gang

I need something to look down upon from the heights of my Herman Miller Gaming Chair. I, therefore will be voting Nay on this particular matter.

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MilitiaMasterV

Who’s Herman Miller and why should we care about them? :P

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Furniture Design Heathen.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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NeoWolf

Frankly we filthy casuals deserve some respect we are why this genre still exists lol

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Tuor of Gondolin

Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.

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Elizabeth Stone

Just play the game with people you enjoy being around and stop letting personal insecurity rule our thoughts.

You know the idea about surrounding yourself with people who want the best for you? Yeah, same goes for MMOs. Find guildies and friends who want to enjoy the game with you.

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John Mclain

Whoa now… Common sense on the internet? How dare you. :P

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Harbinger_Kyleran

Yep, join a tribe, build it up into a nation or empire then go forth and exterminate all those who mocked or held you back.

Human history 101

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Elizabeth Stone

Why was my original post edited? I specifically said in the opening of my post “must we throw a hissy fit for every little slight made against us”. Whichever moderator edited my post, please undo that. There was zero reason for that edit.

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Wait- I thought hissy fits were now mandatory…?

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Minimalistway

I wonder why people need to categorize and define everything, sometimes it’s harmless like is hotdog is sandwich (it is! and it does not matter) but sometimes it’s used for gatekeeping and that is a problem.

I know for sure that some people want to define us vs them, to make it clear who is a part of us and who is in the other side, the others of course get a the hate and the ridicule for not being part of us.

I used to call myself casual but not filthy casual, now i honestly don’t care, i play games for fun, casual or hardcore? it does not matter, and yes i agree, people should stop using filthy casual to describe themselves or others.

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steel hunt

Because people spend various amount time into MMORPG. Therefore, their priority and goals are different. Filthy casuals the term was invented to describe people whose goals are not end game contents oriented.

As I said before, due to their play time differences, their hopes for what they want to achieve in the game also drastically different. For example, a “filthy casual” may not keep up with a end game oriented guild but into roleplays.

This, naturally, also extends to the difference in opinion about what future contents of the game should prioritize ( i.e. more end game content vs general quality of life improvement).

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Peregrine Falcon

“I wonder why people need to categorize and define everything…”

Because the human brain is physically hardwired to categorize everything it encounters. It’s a feature that’s allowed us to survive as a species.

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Harbinger_Kyleran

Humans further different between “us” and “not us”

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Right up until it dooms us…

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PlasmaJohn

If I had to think what others would label me it would be either ‘elitist’ or ‘meta-slave’ since I strive for class appropriate gear with reasonably optimal stats and proper skill rotations. While I expect others to be reasonably competent or at least willing to take advice I don’t demand it.

Like others I spend most of my free time playing MMOs. While I do challenging content the attraction for me is more social than any masochistic joy other people get from difficulty. In some respects I’m midcore but I have casual aspirations.

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Greaterdivinity

As a filthy, stinking, rotten, no-good casual, I object. Don’t try to take my term away from me, damnit!