Silly gaming terminology is one of my favorite things to mock around here – I’m a huge fan of Eliot’s ongoing series on gaming terms, some of which have even caught on (“temport” is one I now use all the time!). This week I heard one all-new to me: Triple-I. As in “i.” III. As an adjunct to triple-A or AAA, it’s the triple-A indie, according to developers quoted at Berlin’s Quo Vadis conference by GIbiz. These are games made by smallish teams boasting
“history and experience with AAA games production, and are fed up with not being able to fulfill their creative vision – because of too many cooks in the kitchen. […] Publishers working with them should be a great thing, but sometimes it turns out that it’s not, and they feel restricted… [They] develop games that are maybe smaller in scale, but certainly have that quality that makes it a great game.”
I concede that there’s probably a need for a term for mid-budget, self-published games. But triple-I, guys? What’s the silliest gaming terminology you’ve heard recently?