I bought the Stadia “Founders Edition”, eventually got my package (after their launch debacle), and have been playing for a few weeks now. In theory, it’s perfect for me - I don’t have the room in my NYC apartment for a gaming PC, nor do I have the time (as a parent and workaholic) to waste (from my perspective) building and maintaining a “rig”. So Stadia seemed like the answer to my needs - I’ll gladly pay a premium for mostly offsite tech that lets me play AAA games.
Then Google happened. To summarize (since it’s not really the point of this post), communication has been sorely lacking, and there are signs that they may not be doing the work with publishers that should ensure a good lineup on the platform.
To be clear, I try to have reasonable expectations and not get carried away by the hyperbole on Reddit, etc. And I know intellectually that I should just let it play out as it will without stress over what happens. And yet! I guess I’m invested despite myself. My first platform was the Genesis, and ever since, I’ve never given a hoot what others think of “my” system or even what the system owners do with it. This time around, though, I’m gripped with fear (okay, not really, but figuratively) that this opportunity to game the way I want is being blown by Google, and my newly-rediscovered AAA games life is slipping through my fingers.
So, please feel free to roast me and talk me back down to Earth. Or, if you’re in a similar boat, feel free to commiserate, I guess - just know that we both need help …