Casual games are just that, casual. However, as more and more people get into gaming via Facebook or through mobile apps, more cases are being documented of people becoming addicted to their casual games. What was meant to spend 5-10 minutes on at a time has become an obsession for some, so much so that casual games are now filtering into the realm of physical reality.
First there was "Words with Friends", "Draw Something", and "Angry Birds". Now it's "Bejeweled" that has decided to come out with a physical game that you can buy at your local retailer. With the announcement today that Hasbro and PopCap will be releasing a physical card game of Bejeweled, the question stands, "How much time with your 'casual' game is enough?"
Sure, it's a simple enough idea. Turn a beloved casual online game into something people can take with them into their living room and share with others. But is there really a call for this? Is this something that casual gamers themselves have asked for?
The necessity of casual games coming into the physical realm is pretty debatable. Some love the idea, while others feel that online is where they should stay. There are already very similar games on the market, that have been established for years (Scrabble, Pictionary, Uno). Now there's a stream of popular new titles from online games flooding the board game industry.
Is this something you, as a gamer, like to see? Are you thrilled at the fact that you can bust out Bejewled Frenzy at your next party? Or are you opposed to this fascination of jumping on the popularity bandwagon? Tell us your stance below in the comments!