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What is your opinion on AAA gaming?
I have honestly not really thought about this before. And I’m not sure I’m qualified to really answer this question, because I’m just a gamer with a blog, not someone who studies trends in gaming or anything like that. But since I have your eye, here’s my unqualified opinion on the matter.
I think overall, AAA gaming is doing alright. I certainly have some issues with modern games, and I do believe that it is a toss up as to whether modern games are better, worse, or the same as the games of yesteryear, but overall I think the AAA scene is doing alright overall. Interesting games are released on high-powered consoles, virtual reality is something we are able to dip our toes into, and there are so many choices available to gamers to enjoy their hobby.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it isn’t without its issues. I don’t like that there are some games that just exist on servers, that can be paid for and then can be yanked away from the player at the whim of the company. I also don’t like that small developers are either out-marketed by larger companies and so their games don’t always get the publicity they might deserve, or they are straight-up acquired (I’m looking at you, EA), only to be dismantled or, worse, must watch their IPs be turned into cash cows.
But honestly, I see the little stack of games I have that are AAA titles, and I can’t say I’ve been disappointed. Sometimes a game hasn’t been to my personal taste, but that didn’t mean it was an objectively “poor” game.
Overall, I think the future of AAA is generally bright. As we continue to make sure that companies don’t take us for more of a ride than we are willing to go on, I think we’ll be happily seeing AAA games for a long time.
And that’s not to mention the rise of AA and indie games. It’s a good time to be a gamer.
What do you think? What is your opinion on AAA gaming? What about the AA or indie scene? Let me know in the comments!
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