Hardcore gamers often pretend to hold themselves up to high gaming standards, but behind closed doors most hardcore gamers enjoy the same games as everyone else. Following are 5 casual games that hardcore gamers love but will deny loving in public.
Since 1996 “Gotta catch ’em all” has been the personal slogan of many young gaming Padawans , but 14 years after Pokémon took the gaming world by storm, the young children that started playing Pokémon back in ’96 have grown up – and are still struggling to level up all their Pokémon. Let’s face it, Pokémon is a darn fun game, but its childlike graphics and the geek-like obsession to collect and level up all Pocket Monsters make Pokémon a game that hardcore gamers don’t talk about much in public.
Like Pokémon, Harvest Moon hit the gaming scene in 1996 and gamers love and are ashamed of Harvest Moon for pretty much the same reasons they love and are ashamed of Pokémon. In Harvest Moon you play a guy that inherits a farm and must bring glory to his family’s name by planting seeds, cutting logs, raising farm animals, and finding a proper mate. While Harvest Moon is a fun game to play it’s so much of a laughably casual game, that if a gamer is found with Harvest Moon contraband in their gaming area, they’ll likely blame it on their younger brother, sister, or kids.
Dance Dance Revolution
Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) brought about a new genre of casual games – known as Music Video Games – that gave birth to other games like Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and even Wii Music. Unlike with most games DDR is played with your feet instead of your hands and even though I’m a closet DDR fan, I can’t help but notice how completely idiotic I look as I hop on a dancing pad in what I could hardly describe as dancing. It’s ironic that Dance Dance Revolution got its start in the most public gaming places of all – the arcade – but DDR is now a game that we have to play in the closet.
If there’s one thing that all hardcore gamers have agreed to hate on, it’s the Nintendo Wii. The Nintendo Wii is like a godsend for casual gamers, but hardcore gamers that were brave enough to try out the Nintendo Wii – instead of blindly hating it – have grown to love Wii Sports. Sure, Wii Sports is simple and was tailored for family play, but it’s just plain fun and does take a bit of skill – just don’t let your hardcore buddies know that you like playing it.
Lots of gamers got their start playing LEGO blocks as children and although LEGO blocks have nothing to do with gaming, some crazy exec at LEGO headquarters got the idea to merge the LEGO brand with gaming – giving birth to classics like LEGO Indian Jones, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Rock Band, LEGO Batman, and more. The LEGO spinoffs of old-time favorites like Batman and Star Wars are actually pretty good games, but who wants to be caught playing such childish games?
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