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[Wccftech]Criterion Says AAA Development Has Been Damaging To Quality & Innovation; Devs Missing Opportunities

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Criterion Games is convinced that the way the industry has built AAA games is incredibly damaging to people, quality, and innovation. After a change of leadership in early 2014, Criterion started to build a process aimed at maximising efficiency through a highly-motivated team with enough big-picture context to make great decisions all the time. As well as taking inspiration from other AAA studios and Indie developers, the company is making use of science to motivate people through Autonomy, Mastery + Purpose.
Criterion has been using this approach to develop a brand new game, as well as assisting two other titles within EA. On all three projects,we’ve found that we are the happiest and most productive that we’ve ever been! This talk will cover the reasoning behind the processes Criterion has built, and go into some detail of the findings of what worked well and what didn’t.
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Additionally, producer James Svensson, will organize a retrospective of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit’s Autolog, and how the game is still the number 1 title for asynchronous competition in AAA console games.

A retrospective of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit’s Autolog – How it worked & why, after 5 years, it’s still #1 for asynchronous competition in AAA console games.
In 2010, Criterion Games’ NFS: Hot Pursuit introduced Autolog with its ‘Comparison Engine’, switching the focus of competition from Global Leaderboards to personalized Recommendations, building player stories around one-upmanship between friends. Hear the story of its development and learn how it created ongoing competition and paved the way for asynchronous, ‘connected’ play.

Today, 5 years later, despite developments across mobile & online games, AAA console developers are missing opportunities to deliver social, asynchronous play mechanics for our players. This talk is a call to action to kick start innovation.


Source http://wccftech.com/criterion-aaa-development-damaging-quality-innovation-people-opportunities/
post #2 of 51
what rock are they been under
it's been like that for almost a decade
i kinda stopped paying attention to aaa anyway lol
post #3 of 51
Can't remember the last time I found a AAA title that I found compelling.

Industry is well overdue for another video game crash, IMO.
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AAA games are often stifling innovation for money, and Indie games are often poor quality or cash grabs. Don't get me started on mobile, that's nothing more than high-tech Skinner boxes.

I wouldn't really say this concept is news. Criterion making that statement is though. No idea how good they are as devs anymore, but I respect them to some degree thanks to Burnout 3. thumb.gif
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While AAA games were indeed as of late really bad, each to their own extent, there is so much indie trash out there...
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WAIT! there's an actual company that understand what we are talking about? no way!
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I hope things change.
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This is even less surprising to hear when you find out that Sean Murray, co-founder of Hello Games and the game "No Man's Sky", worked at Criterion during the best years of development there (including Burnout Paradise).
Sean is pretty adamant about maintaining a small work environment.
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So True!!

been playing some old gamecube games and Nes games and really don't feel the need for triple AAA
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This is what happens when Wall Street MBAs run gaming companies.
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