Report poll Game becomes AAA or truly AAA when

Poll started by feillyne with 1,613 votes and 59 comments. Browse the poll archive.


The game is of high quality and received a lot of polish (794 votes)


Its developers received a big publisher's funding to continue development (165 votes)


Receives highly positive reviews and positive critical reception everywhere (267 votes)


Developers themselves spent loads of money and time for the game development (90 votes)


It has loads of features and is large enough to call it an "AAA" game (146 votes)


Many copies of it were sold or shipped (63 votes)


It is made by a famous and widely known developer (88 votes)

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Eylam Sep 26 2011 says:

Quality of the game and the content in the game is what matters!

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*Don* Sep 26 2011 replied:

It actually has to do with advertizing budgets, but there is also more to it.

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Herr_Alien Sep 27 2011 replied:

I hear that. My choice was (2), getting a truckload of funds. This means that you can have AAA titles of low quality, and that sold poorly. Just like in real life.

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Captain-Arse Sep 28 2011 replied:

psst. have a look at Darkspore, no one plays it and it was apparently AAA?

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Eylam Sep 27 2011 replied:

Yes and that's just sad. Just because you have money you can release crap game ask big bucks for it and call it AAA.

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Garyn Dakari Sep 26 2011 replied:

If you look triple A up on wikipedia, it says what I was thinking:

"...something that is high-quality, premier, or excellent."

So that's my vote. Although, like others have said, most don't count it as AAA unless it was made by a big company.

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Icedecknight Sep 26 2011 replied:

Everyone might say that it's the quality and polish of the game, yet many indie games with that level of quality don't get the title of "AAA". We know that mainly big company games are given the title of "AAA". I know a lot of people hate CoD because of its lack originality each game but we know that it's a "AAA" title, Why? Because it's made by a known company (Activision>Treyarch>Hammerstudios or w.e). So when people say it's the quality and content they contradict themselves by referring CoD as triple a. In reality gaming companies use AAA to attract buyer and really it has no meaning to me. Dead Island for one, is known as a triple a title yet it seems utterly rushed and incomplete (My opinion, don't freak).

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macacos2 Sep 26 2011 replied:

The term "AAA" is 99% of the time about the amount of funds applied on the game's marketing section.

"Triple A" games are only made by big publishers and not always present a decent amount of polish, or even a decent amount of quality. Many, many times independent titles surpass both aspects and are not considered "AAA" games because they're not heavily advertised.

So No, Wikipedia is wrong (like most of the time) and so are the statistics this "poll" gives.

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Garyn Dakari Sep 26 2011 replied:

Yes, that's how people use it, but it's not what it really means.

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DzjengisKhan Sep 28 2011 replied:

Exactly GarynDakari is right, there is a difference between what it means to be an AAA title and what game company's put on the market as beïng an AAA title. The question is about what you think is worthy to be called an AAA title as far as I understand. AAA is and will always be an opinion not a fact, it can't be proven, only discussed.

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CMDKeen Sep 29 2011 replied:

If everyone uses it the wrong way, the original meaning will change. It has already happened, it is now used as an antonym to the "indie" label.

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SabreXT Sep 29 2011 replied:

AAA is like Premium. It's a marketing term who's meaning isn't technical. It's just a buzz word. Premium beer is no different from regular beer, but it's used to pull people into buying something.

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[$#!T-Happens] Sep 26 2011 says:

If the game is High quality to who ever is playing and is well Polished then it is AAA...

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ChromeAngel Sep 26 2011 says:

AAA should be a classification of games of high quality and polish, however many indie games that meet this criteria wont ever be considered AAA because they do not appear technically sophisticated enough.

You can make a rock-solid, highly polished, 2D platform game but no-one is going to classify it as a AAA title in this day and age.

I cynically associate AAA status more closely with the size of the marketing budget than the actual quality of the game. Since big marketing budgets come from big publishers, the assumption is that any game from a big publisher will be a AAA game.

AAA is a stigma of the commercial sell outs, not a badge of honor for the best games that it should be.

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P3ACE753 Sep 26 2011 replied:

Unfortunately thats exactly what AAA games stand for today.

But a game isn't AAA just because someone, a website, a review etc. says so.

I might like Barbie Princess Adventure (or whatever) and I would consider it a AAA game.

It's all relative, but sadly the majority has the final say.

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Kamikazi[Uk] Sep 26 2011 says:

AAA games just means you make a game with a big publisher behind you. Indie games are independent developers meaning you fund the project yourself or have a smallish investment.

AAA doesn't really have anything to do with the quality of the game really it's all about the publishers.

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Unknown12345678900 Sep 26 2011 replied:

I agree.

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SimonDenton Sep 28 2011 replied:

Second that! Just proves that games don't have to cost millions of dollars to make, just imagination (millions of brain cells?).

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SabreXT Sep 29 2011 replied:

But millions of pounds does help.

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Mr.John Sep 26 2011 says:

Quality and the developers love for the game. When you make a game of love it goes Halo: Reach/BF3. When you make for money, it goes CoD.

Nobody really likes CoD.

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TheNodCommander Sep 29 2011 replied:

Sorry, but I do not see how you can compare "Halo" Reach to BF3 in any slightest way.

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SabreXT Sep 29 2011 replied:

I like CoD.

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ModMage Sep 26 2011 says:

It's all about what the players think.

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Metalspy Sep 26 2011 says:

I have voted for the second option, but I wanted to go for a combination of the first and the second option. The definition of AAA games I know is "A high quality game that has received a lot of funding from a publisher".

According to that definition there aren't that many AAA games left nowadays. (And no, don't go yelling YAY INDIES because indie <> small and/or good games).

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Sunspear Sep 26 2011 replied:

You have a nice blog post about indie and not indie, very interesting.

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Jokerme Sep 26 2011 says:

Quality and polish makes AAA games? Don't make me laugh.

Nowadays games of big companies are considered AAA games. Even if they lack polish, content, and quality. A few eye-candy visuals are just enough. And it should cost at least $49.99, but preferably $59.99. That makes a game an AAA game.

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DedMustDie Sep 26 2011 replied:

I'd say just a name of previous games from some series are making the sequels sell well. No matter how good/bad is the game.

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yourgrandma Oct 1 2011 replied:

Polish is overrated. A game can have bugs and it doesn't bother me that much. For example i love STALKER and Red Orchestra 2 and those games are buggy as hell... over polishing a product does nothing for me and the price tag for most companies to do so is too much.

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LopperUK Sep 26 2011 says:

what does AAA mean? -__-

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Mr.HashBrownz Sep 26 2011 replied:

Advertisement. Advertisement. Advertisement. = AAA

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DedMustDie Sep 26 2011 says:

Go Tetris, go!

imho, AAA games are the ones which are the most entertaining, have well made back story, using the new technologies or just genius in their simpleness

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romanius24 Sep 26 2011 says:

quality is everything! and i belive it also includes polish, right ?

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TheNodCommander Sep 26 2011 says:

Err, what does AAA mean? Please do explain what the shortings means in the polls!

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Metalspy Sep 26 2011 replied:

Well part of the poll question is what YOU think AAA means. I think. Anyway, this is the internet. Google is your friend, remember?

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Furrywolfie1 Sep 26 2011 says:

I think if a game is very well made so that it's still fun and exciting 5 or ten years down the line because those who made the game though outside the box that earns it something. I think the test of time is a big part. If your game is the best seller for opening day but fails to keep people interested it's not so great.

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TrashCan-Man23 Sep 26 2011 says:

I voted for "The game is of high quality and received a lot of polish," because for the most part, that's what I believe a AAA game should be.

On a more down note, it really is ending up being more like "It is made by a famous and widely known developer."

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Cpt.Dann Sep 26 2011 says:

I had to vote something just to find out what AAA even means :S

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Templarfreak Sep 26 2011 says:

I honestly don't care what any of you say about a Triple A game requiring a huge budget. There are many indie games I have seen that I would actually consider AAA. There are also many mods that I would consider AAA. There are also many engine-modded games that I would considered AAA. However, many of these games and mods, no one else would consider AAA. I believe more it IS on the polish and how great the game itself is.

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Tanshaydar Sep 26 2011 says:

If a game sells at more expensive than $49.99; then it is AAA. Nothing else makes a game AAA.

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BluishGreenPro Sep 26 2011 says:

I'd say it has the most to do with being fun to play, which usually means that the game is of high quality and received a lot of polish.

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HeadClot Sep 26 2011 says:

Quality and content!

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Armageddon104 Sep 26 2011 says:

I personally don't like to think of games as AAA or Indie or whatever. Games are games no matter how you cut it.

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m30w Sep 27 2011 says:

First you need ..."The game is of high quality and received a lot of polish" which then creates this ... "Receives highly positive reviews and positive critical reception everywhere" which almost always results in this "Many copies of it were sold or shipped". lol... its funny cuz its true.

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Undying_Zombie Sep 27 2011 says:

This question is a little subjective.

My personal view of what a AAA game to be is all about it being a high quality game with a lot of polish.

However in the gaming industry in general it seems more as if it is determined by the amount of money thrown at it and who is developing it. In essence a major company can take a dump in a box, mark it as AAA+ title, advertise it as such, and it is somehow still a AAA+ title, despite it in reality being a tud in a box. According to the gaming industry today. ( This is a reference to a Chris Farley movie )

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harvey2670 Sep 27 2011 buried:


of couse the answer is The game is of high quality and received a lot of polish only dumb people choose something else

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Metalspy Sep 27 2011 replied:

Thanks, so that's why I'm at uni right now, because I'm dumb. Always wondered how I made it this far.

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Brainles5 Sep 27 2011 says:

what AAA actually means is "Its developers received a big publisher's funding to continue development", i find this poll a bit silly. AAA is just a classification, not a rating.

*Edit- Well i be **, aaa is a synonym for excelent, i really thought what i said first, since that what most people think aaa means. Thx wikipedia!

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somonels Sep 27 2011 says:

AAA games are those which developers choose to fund and market as such. Everything that happens post-release, the reception, quality and content of the experience is irrelevant. The unit was sold and that's where the publishers cease to care, unless they want additional money in the form of online passes and dlc.

Please, if you try to apply the wikipedia's definition to the AAA in gaming then please review the list of AAA titles released.
AAA means, if anything, 'mediocre overall'.

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Katana_ Sep 27 2011 says:

AAA is not indicative of quality for the game anymore, it is mainly funding. A lot of games considered to be "AAA" titles (for some reason, Call of Duty keeps getting called this) are absolute crap.

Society itself, the industry, and the media are changing the definition on us.

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skyewing Sep 27 2011 says:

Wow, can you really pour time and work to make a game triple A?
I thought triple A was a rating of the finished product.

A title is worth becoming triple AAA when so many people have bought it, just like a platinum and gold record.

Minecraft is considered "AAA" and it sure did not have quality content poured into the game.

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