On my last business trip of 2020, when those were still a thing, I'd stayed in a hotel with profoundly mediocre Wi-Fi and, desperate to finish my game of Total War: Three Kingdoms, I'd opened up GeForce Now and launched Steam. On a virtual machine somewhere in the ether, I was able to access my complete Steam library of 1,000 games or so (many, or even most of them, regrettable impulse purchases spanning a decade) and install Three Kingdoms. Then I played the last few hours of my campaign on my laptop and while the gorgeous map of China occasionally dissolved into pixelated confetti as the connection struggled. It was nevertheless a miraculous experience.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/jgqbpk/geforce-now-was-a-great-alternative-to-a-gaming-pc-publishers-broke-it