Cloudy with a Chance of Games

Well, this is a new thing for me. This is an absolute first for me. I’m no stranger to giving my opinion, and writing posts on Facebook that flesh out my thoughts, but this is different. So, in some ways I am extremely nervous, but it is something that I have wanted to do. I am grateful for this opportunity, and I hope I don’t let my potential readers down. So in advance, thanks for taking the time to read this. Now, let’s get into it!

Stadia, Google’s new cloud streaming gaming platform, and controversy are no strangers to each other. Since its launch on November 19, 2019, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding it. From the early days of the launch codes being sent out of order initially, to the weeks of silence prior to, and for weeks after the Holiday season of 2019, and into 2020’s New Year, there was a lot of buzz (albeit negative) surrounding it then. These days, while games are being announced for the platform, other cloud gaming platforms and services are springing up, and with the 2020 Holiday season fast approaching, big games are now set to begin releasing across all platforms, the big controversy is-and has been for a while now-will these games come day and date on Stadia as they do on other platforms. A lot of games have been announced. Games like Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Watchdogs: Legion, Madden, Fifa, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Far Cry 6, Chorus, NBA 2K21, PGA Tour 2K21, Dirt 5, Dead By Daylight, Marvel’s Avengers, and many more are all coming to Stadia, the future looks bright for the platform. Earlier in the year, the Stadia team announced that they were tracking more than 120 games to be released on Stadia by the end of the year. People have watched this like a hawk, and it’s fun to see what’s coming. Then COVID hit, and things got derailed and pushed back, so if they hit that mark this year, I will be amazed. What I am looking forward to is all of the games announced for Stadia, and hopefully more publishers like Bandai/Namco bringing their current games, and some classics like Pac-Man, and Capcom finally getting onboard.

That said as of the week of this writing, Stadia had a great week for games. Larian Studios on the Panel From Hell Livestream announced that Baldur’s Gate 3 will be launching their early access on September 30th, Rock of Ages III: Make & Break launched as a Pro Game, Doom 2016 launched after much controversy about when it will be available. Superhot: Mind Control Delete launched, along with Spiritfarer, and PGA Tour 2K21 on Friday the 21st. That last of which is what I want to talk about. (Geez, he hasn’t gotten to the point yet?). 2K Games announced that across all platforms the game would launch at Midnight ET. And it did, with the exception of Stadia. This caused a bit of an uproar, which on some level is understandable. People set aside time to purchase and play the game, and were feeling left out in the cold. I feel their pain. However, I wasn’t in the market to purchase it, and won’t be for a couple of weeks, so it wasn’t a big deal to me, and I got the opportunity to sit back, and watch it unfold in real time.

There were tweets, and videos, live streams all surrounding this issue. My main takeaway from it was that it was not as big a deal as people made it out to be. The blame was being passed around, and of course Stadia was initially blamed because there was “bad communication” as is always the main criticism of the Stadia team. I don’t always agree with that opinion, but it’s one that is out there. The game was then announced to launch at 9 am PST which just so happens to be the time that MOST games launch on Stadia (It’s also the time Google opens for business, and when they do their weekly Community Blog posts.) Myself and others didn’t see this as a big deal, with some surmising that it was most likely a technical issue. As it turns out, it WAS a technical issue as the game was then pulled from the store, and then placed back. PGA Tour’s Twitter account announced that not only was it not just a Stadia issue, it was also technical issues across the board.

So in summary, I think we have to pump the brakes sometimes, and let things play out. See how they unfold, then give our opinions. That way, we can have a more well-rounded viewpoint to speak from instead of speaking when something activates out confirmation bias, and prompts us to give a quick knee jerk reaction. I am the more patient type, and don’t mind waiting for the other shoe to drop. Well that’s all I got for you this time. Check back for my next article.

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