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What does AAA mean?

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OklyDokly    122
Hiya I''ve been wondering recently, what is an AAA title (what does it stand for, and what does it actually mean). If you start work on one of these titles, would you earn enough to support a living, while doing it. Thx

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Billy Lee    122
It just means top-quality. Almost flawless. Something like Mario 64. I think AAA is like a grade, e.g. B-, A+, etc with AAA being the highest you can get.

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S1CA    1418
"triple A", it''s the grade ABOVE "AA". Think "stars" in terms of hotels: one star versus three star.

Triple A titles are the ones that get advertised on TV, in all the magazines, highly polished, the biggest publishers etc. Think "blockbuster movie" versus "made for video movie" etc...

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YoshiN    122
A triple A title means that you won a yo-yo competition using two yo-yos for string tricks. Wait, you were talking about games...

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Must be Alcoholics Anonymous. People who started heavy drinking after they saw their AAA games flop...

We generally refer to titles as:

AAA = Full price
A = mid price/high budget
B = Budget
C = Low Budget

There is even a D category but even if games fall into that category nobody dares to classify them as a D since it might offend the programmer. It''s never good to hurt people''s feelings of course.

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Regarding the cash please know what actually defines a AAA game from an A game. Is it just a quality issue? Not in my opinion. It''s the brand that makes it a AAA game. Imagine Quake 4 and an equally good FPS product you made yourself (if that''s possible just for argument''s sake). Quake 4 is AAA because it''s the forth Quake game. Your game is just as good but unless you put some massive publicity on it you will never get to the same level. Hence your game is an A title from a marketing perspective. With AAA quality gameplay though.

The money you make with AAA titles ranges somewhere between $300.000,- and $3.000.000,-. Most of it is paid in royalties but you get some hefty cash advances too. Mainly to buy equipment and hire professional staff. Suffice to say only top developers with a track record of consecutive hit titles get to work on a AAA game. For a newcomer it''s very tough to start unfortunately and the only way up is to work from B and A titles to AAA quality A titles to make that final leap. If the big publishers see you''re good then they might hire you for their next job. But it takes a lot of work and the afore mentioned track record of previous B and A titles.

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AAA...? isn'' that for women with really small tits?

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