Stadia, the once-promising cloud gaming platform from Google, will shut down for good on 18th January 2023. As a platform that was supposed to revolutionize the way we play video games, it's a shame that it ultimately failed to live up to expectations.
As someone who has spent countless hours playing Google Stadia games, I feel it's important to give the platform a proper send-off. While I mainly focuses on open-source games, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my experience with Stadia and share my thoughts with you all.
I've played many games on Stadia, but the one that I keep coming back to is Grid. It's a standard racing game, but it's incredibly fun to play. While it's available on other platforms, I bought it on Stadia because it's a high-fidelity game, and I'm a big fan of the ambience around driving games. I'm not playing to be competitive, I'm playing for the experience.
One of the things I appreciated about Stadia is that it allowed people who don't play many games to access titles they might not otherwise play. If you only have one or two games you want to play, it didn't make sense to spend hundreds of dollars on a console. Stadia was a great option for those people.
It's a shame that Stadia wasn't more successful. It had the potential to make gaming as accessible as standard television. If the Stadia app had been installed on smart TVs as a standard, you could have gone to an Airbnb, logged in, and had your full game library, saved games and all, right there. All you'd need is your password and maybe a custom controller for added enjoyment.
Unfortunately, Stadia failed to manage its branding and promotion. It's a similar story to Google Plus, which also failed to meet expectations. Stadia had the potential to be so much more than it was, and it's frustrating that it didn't live up to that potential.
Despite its flaws, I'm grateful for the time I spent playing games on Stadia. Gaming is at its best when you're playing it with friends and sharing an adventure. Video games are a profound storytelling tool, and it's yet to see its full day. There's so much you can do with video games that you can't do on any other media because it's so interactive.
As Stadia shuts down for good, I can't help but feel like it could have been so much more. It's a platform that had a lot of potential, but it ultimately failed to meet expectations. Rest in peace, Stadia.
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