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WereCatf
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2006-02-15

These days "AAA" is losing its meaning. The lines between indie and "AAA" are becoming more blurry.


Hardly. I don't like 99% of Indie-games that are being released, they rely way, WAY too much on a single trick to try to make the game look innovative or cool. Or they go for the pixelated look to hide the fact that they just do not have the resources to make anything more impressive graphically. AAA-games, on the other hand, are given millions in budgets to work with and actually create the resources needed.

Don't get me wrong, it's great that there are good venues for Indie-devs to release their games under and all that, I just cannot agree with your assessment.

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cyrilleberger Member since:
2006-02-01

And most so called AAA games have a playing time of 10h because they spend too much effort on the graphics and to little on actual content.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

And most so called AAA games have a playing time of 10h because they spend too much effort on the graphics and to little on actual content.


Do they, though? Atleast I don't own any such AAA-games, yet I do own quite a large collection of them, though of course I may have just missed the ones with such little real content.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

they rely way, WAY too much on a single trick to try to make the game look innovative or cool.


That sounds just like a lot of "AAA" game to me....

Or they go for the pixelated look to hide the fact that they just do not have the resources to make anything more impressive graphically


Gameplay is king. Unfortunately it would seem that the "AAA" studios have forgotten all about this and instead seems obsessed with vfx masturbation, DLC in favor of actual content and never-ending sequels.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Gameplay is king. Unfortunately it would seem that the "AAA" studios have forgotten all about this and instead seems obsessed with vfx masturbation, DLC in favor of actual content and never-ending sequels.


Some of them, yes, but "vfx masturbation" does not necessarily mean the lack of everything else. Out of the top of my head some of the best AAA-games in my collection are Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Fallout 3, Guild Wars 2, Far Cry 3 and Sid Meier's Civilization V and while all of them do support DLCs they all offer compelling features, 50+ hours of gameplay -- some of them even hundreds of hours of gameplay -- and still manage to do this "vfx masturbation" you mentioned.

I know very, VERY few Indie-studios that can manage anything similar; really, the only one that comes to mind is CD Projekt Red with The Witcher. I don't know if The Witcher 2 would count as indie any longer as the studio grew so much after the success of the first game in the series.

And here we come to the point I have been trying to make: Indie-games are all fine and good and I'm happy for the people who like those games, but they are not a panacea to all of our gaming needs. These studios just do not have the resources to make the kinds of games I'd like, and I ain't the only one out here.

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