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In his latest column, MMORPG.com's Sean Stalzer rhetorically asks whether or not today's MMOs are becoming more and more casual with each released title. Check out Sean's thoughts about the 'casualization' of MMOs and then let us know what you think in the comments below.
First, lets look at the question of whether or not the industry seems to be moving more casual? There is certainly a fair amount of evidence indicating a more casual gaming experience is both what players want and what the industry is seeking to figure out how to provide. The largest example of a shift in an existing game towards a more casual play experience is in WoW. There is a general consensus among players that it has become easier and more casual in the past few years. We've explored some of those ways in past columns so I won't rehash them here. When the "Big Dog" is shifting more casual that certainly makes other people turn their heads.
Read more of Sean Stalzer's Guild's Eye View: Are MMOs Going To Get More Casual?