"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.

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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 filthy 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.

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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>