I was never familiar with the term and encountered it for the first time during this class. I decided to "google" the term and found that there is a "Casual Games Association". It was very interesting to check out their website and see their vision and definition of what a "casual game" is. Below is a short definition of casual game and here's the website for those who want to check out their website: http://www.casualgamesassociation.org/index.php
Developed for the general public and families, casual games are video games that are fun and easy to learn and play. The games are platform agnostic, meaning they can be played via the Internet, Facebook, PC, and Macintosh computers, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo DS, Wii and even mobile phones, iPhone and PDA. They're nonviolent, arcade-style games that involve puzzles, words, board and card games, game show and trivia. Popular games are Mahjong, Tetris, Solitaire, Bejeweled, Mystery Case Files, and Farmville.