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I thought it was a very interesting reveal, and I'm pretty disappointed by the Allies' treatment of it.
They judged it as a traditional console announcement, as if we were watching a PS5 reveal. Obviously from that point of view, it would be disappointing, as you'd want to see exclusive games, exciting IPs, and so on. But it was clearly not about that.
Of course, from a hardcore/traditional gamer perspective, it's not immediately exciting, but that's not who this presentation was aimed at first and foremost. It was aimed at developers, and more specifically I'd say at publishers. The main selling point of this whole thing is that through Stadia, you'll have access to an audience of a billion users, as opposed to less than a hundred million on any given console. It really is Netflix for games. That's the key aspect, and you can bet Ubisoft and all the other big companies fully realize the potential of this thing.
It is the future, whether we like or not.
I'm not saying it will catch on and blow up as soon as it launches, and I highly doubt Google expects it to. They might burn money for the first few years, but they know that down the line it'll be extremely lucrative. Whether you'll be buying games individually, paying a monthly fee, or even playing for free and have to watch ads, we don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was the latter, at least in its first phase.
What they're selling is convenience, and it's a lot more valuable to the masses than some technical nitpicks. We can have doubts about their performance claims all we want, but they're not idiots, they've definitely thought about all the potential issues way before any of us did. It's clear that they're going all in on this, and if one company has the money and the expertise to pull this off, it's Google.
In a way, it's the concept of the Switch, which everybody loves, but cranked up to 11.
It may not be perfect at launch, it may not take us away from our beloved PlayStations or Switches, but 5 years, 10 years down the line, it'll be the mainstream way of playing games, I'm almost certain of it.
Yes, there were quite a few cringy moments, maybe they overhyped it and the presentation dragged on a bit, but overall, it made sense and the potential is obvious. So I feel like the snarky reactions from the Allies, particularly Kyle, came off as petty and short-sighted.
What did you think?