Over the last few weeks I have had a question pop into my head ever since I finished Night In The Woods… Why do we tread “AAA” and “Indie” differently? Why do we even bother with the labels? I’m looking at EA, The Quintessential AAA Company, and I’m seeing “Cinematic” garbage. I’m looking at Activision and seeing repetitive bullshit. Ubisoft doesn’t even know what they are doing now. Its like they are Official Asset Flippers, otherwise known as OAFs. But then, out of the corner of anyone’s view, Senua’s Sacrifice happens. An “Indie” game that gets called “AA” because of its quality. Night in the Woods happens, and its just fucking good (though niche as fuck). Stardew Valley happens, Cities: Skylines happens, Cossacks 3, Factorio, Insurgency, Rocket League. All labeled as “Indie” which inherently means small, somewhat not known, but good in its own light (at least to me). And I’m here thinking “Um, Hello Muthafucka, NO?”
Now maybe its that I’m in the online crowd so much, maybe I sit in the pool for too long, but… I mean I can’t go to a walmart and ask a kid who’s getting a switch if he’s not heard of Stardew Valley and most of the time get a no. For people I’ve asked, “Indie” games are the reason to get a switch in the first place!
Hell, I don’t think anyone has thought of this, but Demons Souls and Dark Souls were Indie games and NO ONE under the age of 45 hasn’t heard of it in video games at least once if not by accident.
So… To me? Works like this. You got 3 lists, right? Good, Bad, and Horrible.
Good Games: Fable TLC, TF2/Portal/HL/GMOD, Mario 1 2 3, Earthbound, Stardew Valley, Banished
Bad Games: Battlefield One, Overwatch, Blood and Bacon, 7 Days to Die
Horrible Games: New Battlefronts, Drift Streets Japan, Company of Heroes, Fallout 3
To each person their own tastes. I like the first fable game, I like source games, I like SNES games, I like games that emulate that, I like city builders.
I don’t like popular games that are popular because of the company’s existence via hype, I just don’t like overwatch because I think its simple, and I don’t like games that get by with not much effort.
Then you have objectively bad games. Some are actually fun to the most niche of audiences, DSJ for example is horrid but I like it (don’t buy it), but then you also just have horrible games.
So maybe I’m biased? I just see games as… Games. Theres no clout of a developer to me. Ubisoft means about as much to me as Chucklefish or Valve. I’m equally as excited for TF2 updates as I am at the possibility at Night in the Woods 2. But the idea of “AAA” and “Indie” is as much a waste of time to me as giving a game a rating, though thats a different discussion (stop using ratings ffs).
I dunno. Maybe I’m the weirdo.
EA is shit tho.