I suppose I'm an older casual gamer who only really plays a select few games with anything close to the usual obsession associated with hardcore gamers. I also don't play first-person shooters or long and involved role-playing games because I don't really have the time or inclination and I unfortunately often experience motion sickness from that sort of gaming. Almost all of my friends fall into the hardcore group, but they tolerate my lack of devotion all the same because they're cool like that.
Also, I'm old, I'm female, and if you're an ass to me while I'm getting my feet wet I will hold a grudge until the end of time.
The current generation of gaming consoles marked out for me the final end of my grasping tendencies of youth. Clearly for someone of my age the latest offering from Nintendo was always going to be of interest, although I preferred it when they called it Revolution, but until recently it hadn't dawned on me that I would have so little interest in what else was on offer.
Don't get me wrong, I love the fact that there are several different options of gaming platform out there each generation (although clearly this puts a dent in the pocket of many hardcore gamers who just have to have every system - you know who you are) but I find myself less and less impressed by the advancing technology and realistic graphics. While I support 100% the production of epic masterpieces that require weeks of gameplay to complete and can smile and nod at movie-like quality of the in-game footage, I still find I have more fun playing something simple yet addictive such as Tetris.
So while Sony and Microsoft sit around congratulating themselves on how much more advanced their hardware is... I think the greater achievement lies with Nintendo and their realisation that the future of gaming is a social one that even your granny can get involved in.