Yeah I actually have a friend who is a casual gamer. and we get into really bad fights about it. Thanks for writing this :)
How can you recognize (without asking the obvious question)?
Ha, this is very simple indeed. If you say anything related to a video game or a video game hero and the person around you will be dumbstruck. They will look at you like they just saw an alien talking a foreign language. Just to ensure that, use some video game gag. For example: "Once I was an adventurer like you" *we all know where is this going to*. If the person that you are trying to figure out is looking at you with a stare of a cow, then be sure. This person is not a gamer at all. He doesn't know even the smallest piece of information about the gaming industry but just that it exists.
Description of a non-gamer:
I tried hard to think about what those people might be. But I surrendered to my fantasy once again. I don't have an idea about what does people do with their free time. I guess movies, books and some park strolling are among those things. Those people just don't know what they are missing.
There is like a whole parallel world that you just close your eyes on and deny its very existence refusing to take part in it and enjoy it. Either reason for this behavior is unusual for me. This is not another trend changing with time. This is a community, and industry and a huge amount of people who follow it and support it.
Those who belong to the community have strength. They can demand things from the industry and influence on it. They can sign petitions in protest and show their support on the other hand. They have international days in which they celebrate some video game theme, wearing related costumes.
The industry also arranges a massive budget shows and exhibitions for those people providing them the opportunity to get a glimpse of a new game in development or give them a go on the new demo release.
This is a way of life, and you either swimming along the stream, and enjoying its innovations or you just letting the stream carry you, and ignore everything around you.
Either way, games play a huge part in our life and they always will.
My final thoughts?
I consider myself as a casual gamer. I like a good game and most of the time at evening you'll find me sitting and clicking my mouse or pressing some buttons on my pad while everyone else asleep in my house.
Why do I do it? I enjoy it. It gives me excitement, although not for long. Most likely I wont be playing the same game more than once unless it was that good, and this kind of games is rarity.
Today, as I'm studying a lot.
I play at night when my mind is no use for solving another homework problem anymore. I play short sessions and I do it fast but not rush. If I find the story a bit uninteresting, I'll skip everything about it, all the cut scenes and stuff. If the game is bad in my opinion, I'll quit and won't wait until the final level in it. I won't even remember its name afterwards. Otherwise, I'll try to finish it and try to enjoy it as much as I can.
I like game with purpose, otherwise I get bored very quickly walking around exploring without cause.
My most beloved genre is RPG games, although couple of years before, I liked strategy games a lot, more than any other genre. Today, either I've changed my taste or there are no good strategy games to pick up.
That's it. This 3 parts post has come to an end.
I was fantasizing about meanings and definitions, and how they might look like. I've tried to give my perspective view on things.
I hoped you liked the reading as much as I liked the writing.
Keep gaming, see ya' xD.