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What does "AAA" mean and how can I tell if a game is "AAA" or "AA"?

#1R0N1N187Posted 10/3/2013 1:05:16 PM
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#2PanopictonguyPosted 10/3/2013 1:07:52 PM
Triple A is synonymous with big budget or high production value.

If you see the trailer for the game in a Movie Theater (Gears Of War) with popular licenced music playing. It's probably a Triple A.

If you only see ads for it on gaming sites and it's been in production for a year or less it's probably a B(udget) Title.


And then there's everything in between.
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#3KillerTrufflePosted 10/3/2013 1:08:18 PM
AAA doesn't really mean anything concrete. It's just used to indicate a game with a very large production budget - including marketing - and typically with lots of polish, pretty visual effects, etc. It pretty much always refers to games made by large publishers too.
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#4R0N1N187(Topic Creator)Posted 10/3/2013 1:08:37 PM
So basically if its a known game its an automatic "AAA" title?
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#5WerdnAndreWPosted 10/3/2013 1:10:00 PM
Panopictonguy posted...
Triple A is synonymous with big budget or high production value.

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#6KillerTrufflePosted 10/3/2013 1:10:34 PM
More or less... but not necessarily. There is the occasional indie game that comes out of nowhere and everyone suddenly knows about it, but that doesn't make it AAA.
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#7MaxCHEATER64Posted 10/3/2013 1:28:12 PM
R0N1N187 posted...
So basically if its a known game its an automatic "AAA" title?


No.

Minecraft is not AAA, for example.

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#8CourtofOwlsPosted 10/3/2013 1:41:37 PM
budget + hype (events,advertising) + reviewer payoffs = AAA
see the trick is to brainwash people into thinking it's good regardless of actual quality
wonderful example on the ps3 this year with the last of us which really isn't that good but it got all the hype and reviews and the such,yet that far superior puppet show game that i can't even remember the name of isn't promoted at all
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#960fpsPosted 10/3/2013 2:02:57 PM
It's just a dumb buzz word. Ignore it just like Blast Processing and Diet Coke.
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#10SteamsterPosted 10/3/2013 2:21:10 PM
R0N1N187 posted...
So basically if its a known game its an automatic "AAA" title?


At first this is an OK way to tell the difference, but you will notice that some "big name" games really aren't AAA. Something like Super Meat Boy, for example. You didn't hear about that game because of massive marketing or paid journalists, you heard about that because gamers happened to hype it up themselves.

Basically, if it's made by Ubisoft, EA, Sony, MS, Nintendo, Take Two, etc and they're hyping it up like it matters, then it's likely going to be a AAA game.