Filthy Casual

Filthy Casual

Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 04:36PM EDT by Brad.

Added May 08, 2013 at 04:50PM EDT by amanda b..

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Filthy Casual” is a term used on message boards and in comments to negatively describe a gamer who only plays casual games[1], or a game in any genre that requires a low level of commitment and often has simple gameplay.


The term originated on 4chan’s /v/ (video games) board by hardcore gamers who view people who play casual games in a negative light. The first archived use of the term[2] was posted on August 30th, 2008 in a parody thread about how an average discussion plays out on the board.


By April 2009, the term had spread to other boards on 4chan, including /m/ (Mecha)[3], where a poster was called a filthy casual for admitting he or she enjoyed the anime Toradora!.[4] Throughout 2010, the phrase appeared on a handful of other boards including /a/[5] (anime & manga) and /tg/[6] (traditional gaming). Also that year, “filthy casuals” was used in commentary about people who play Facebook-based games on the Escapist forums[7] and on a Destructoid community member’s blog.[8] In December 2011, the first tagged image macro depicting a stereotypically nerdy looking male with a caption referencing flithy casuals was posted to Tumblr[9]

On April 10th, 2012, Josué Pereira of the webcomic Nerf Now![11] posted a strip comparing the gaming habits of filthy casuals vs. self-proclaimed elite gamers (shown below). That same day, it was reposted to the /r/Gaming[10] subreddit, where it accrued 505 upvotes, 363 points overall and 72 comments before being archived. In late 2012, references to these types of gamers were made on the /r/Circlejerk[12] subreddit and World of Tanks gaming forum.[13] That November, the first Facebook fan page[14] dedicated to the phrase launched.

On January 21st, 2013, a /r/FilthyCasuals[15] subreddit was created, but has only had one submission as of May 2013. A week later, a second Facebook[16] fan page was established. In early 2013, discussions and image macros about these types of gamers have appeared on Gamespot[17], We Know Memes[18], Tumblr[19] and FunnyJunk.[20]

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