Indie games & AAA games

This is not a battle, there is always a time for everything, indie games and AAA games. A game for every moment and a moment for every person.

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When for the first time there was discussion about the video game industry as such, the titles and companies were not too big. Yes, there was Nintendo, but the graphic quality of their works, due to the technology at that time and because it was a completely new field, didn’t differ much from smaller titles.

However, as the industry progressed, so did companies, and large organizations began to take over more and more ground, with multiple offices, studios and capital at their fingertips. Thus, the gap between these and smaller studies increased until today. For this reason, we can see large budget games with features previously unthinkable, and others that try to break through to a lesser extent. But… Something fishy is going on here.

Explanation

To understand their differences, let’s dive deeper into them:

A Triple A (AAA) game is a colloquial term, used for those games that have had a huge budget, with a multinational company support, and with an excellent visual finish. Generally, this type of games is more expensive, distributed all over the world, and with a marketing plan of international proportions. One example is “Destiny” from the developer “Bungie”. Its development had a budget of 140 million dollars and the marketing budget was around 260 million.

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However, an indie game is, as its name suggests, independent, which means that it has no multinational support. They have a smaller budget, and often use publishers to publish themselves, to draw up a marketing plan, etc. Their finish, their reputation, their budget are not the best thing to ask for, but that characteristic makes them stand out in other ways. That’s where the great narratives come in, the incredible gameplay or the artistic styles made with unbelievable care.

One of the games with the most budget, and still considered indie, was “Undertale” with a Kickstarter of 51 thousand dollars, whose goal was only 5 thousand.

Differences

Well it is obvious that its budget is a difference, but… What are the differences when buying and enjoying one?

AAA Games

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A Triple A (AAA) game is a colloquial term, used for those games that have had a huge budget, with a multinational company support, and with an excellent visual finish. Generally, this type of games is more expensive, distributed all over the world, and with a marketing plan of international proportions. One example is “Destiny” from the developer “Bungie”. Its development had a budget of 140 million dollars and the marketing budget was around 260 million.

Indie Games

However, an indie game is, as its name suggests, independent, which means that it has no multinational support. They have a smaller budget, and often use publishers to publish themselves, to draw up a marketing plan, etc. Their finish, their reputation, their budget are not the best thing to ask for, but that characteristic makes them stand out in other ways. That’s where the great narratives come in, the incredible gameplay or the artistic styles made with unbelievable care.

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We have several examples of these indie games, in terms of graphic quality, we have “Cuphead”, a game with a 2D art that imitates the retro style, including complicated animations, of the first cartoons. On the other hand, games with great narrative, such as “Dead Synchronicity ” with great inspiration in graphic adventures. Or they simply want to create as much as possible, including sequels, with very small teams, as in the case of “Anima: Gate of Memories”, whose final quality is impressive.

Conclusion

If you are one of those who wants a safe bet, a game that won’t disappoint you, decline for triple A. But don’t expect anything innovative, because if you want fresh air, to try new things and help a booming trend, indie games are the answer. In indies, surprise is the norm.

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