I guess what I’m trying to say is that ship has already sailed on this. If internet is as bad as people say in parts of the world, aren’t you also closed off from basically the entirety of PC gaming at this point, or the ongoing movement to digital on the console end? Why is Google’s entry so egregious in light of this? Sure, they want a monopoly, but so does Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and Valve.
I guess as someone who has gone pretty much all digital and increasingly subscription based on my media consumption, concerns about game ownership are less pressing to me, but even if you care more about that stuff, it doesn’t seem like physical media is going anywhere, as even Phil Spencer has said that he intends to support physical media and hardware for Xbox’s foreseeable future.
Maybe Stadia isn’t for a lot of people right now, just as Xbox Live and Steam weren’t for everyone at launch, but I’m happy to see the technology being refined and will hopefully help drive demand for better networking infrastructure in parts of the world that need it.
Also, and I’m asking because I don’t really get it, but why is Google singled out as a particularly bad actor? All big companies are basically into some shady shit. Microsoft is a monopolist and does some bad work for the US military, Valve is basically run by alt-right sympathizing libertarians, and Nintendo is absolutely draconian in its use of copyright law to bully creators. And that’s not to say we shouldn’t hold these companies to the fire over this stuff, but I’m just seeing Google dunks in this thread without any explanation which is a wee bit confusing to me.