I've played COD WAW and MW reflex online multiplayer awhile ago and thinking if this is what the casual gamer wants in FPS and... NO. The multiplayer aspect isnt what the casual wants. Most casuals aka ordinary people arent competitive in nature especially on things that they think is not important or shouldnt excel about like playing video games, which ironically arcade games falls into. Most gamers before competes with the highest score with change in gaming it shifts to leagues and online gaming especially in FPS. The reason why some casuals like FPS games arent the multiplayer aspect and the arcade gameplay to it more than that its the co op and botst. Thats why Malstrom dont like online. He knew all along even online gaming in FPS was pure arcade gaming in his standards he just dont like it. Because thats not what ordinary people wants in a FPS. Anyway I explain this later when someone replied because its too long to explain it fully. BTW I make opinions on my own experience and I analyzed gamer's behavior on our area and its always the same thing. Casuals just dont like online.
I'm not sure who you're referring to when you talk about these "casual" gamers. However, I do know that the vast majority of people that buy CoD or Halo play it for the online multiplayer. The online stats say so. Over 8 million first week is even higher than we have PS360's first week on VGC (PC gamers help out here).
Arcade games are not all about competition, either. They're simply about pick up and play fun. When I used to go to the arcades to play games like TMNT, X-men, or Time Crisis, getting the high score was the furthest thing from my mind. You just play the game to have a good time. When Pac-Man exploded in the US, it wasn't because all the women were trying to beat each other's high scores. At least I don't think...
Anyway, I'd agree if you said many people don't like online. However, that doesn't apply to the Call of Duty / Halo crowd, because the online stats tell us that most of them do.
I'm not sure what your last response meant. Are you saying arcade style games are dying out? They're the type of games that have been dominating this gen.