Casual Games

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"A casual game is defined as a stand-alone entertainment software title that is digitally distributed by one or many “portals,” or independently owned Internet retail sites. Casual games typically operate under a try-before-you-buy business model –- the downloads allow players to play for a set period of time (usually 60 minutes) before shutting down. If the player wishes to continue playing, they must pay the retail price, which they can do electronically from inside the program, instantly unlocking the game for unlimited play. The average rate of purchase to play is lower than 1 percent, and games that convert higher than 2 percent are considered “hits.” The largest market for these games is women ages 30-60, a significant departure from the standard computer games market." (http://gigaom.com/2008/05/02/casual-games-the-bottom-line/)