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Is anyone surprised? I suspected they'd charge full or near-full price for games once it was announced that you have to pay for the games in addition to the service itself. A digital copy of a particular game is usually as expensive as a physical copy, sometimes more so. But what makes Stadia even more of a farce is that you pay that money for a game and you don't even have a local copy to show for it. You could dump a ton of money into games on Stadia, and if the service is ever shut down, all of your games are simply no more, because they never were yours. I mean, digital downloads technically aren't yours, either, but you at least have a local copy saved when you purchased the game, which will normally remain on your hard drive if the game gets de-listed or the store selling them is shut down. Imagine if Netflix was like Stadia: in addition to the $10 monthly sub, you had to pay, say, $20 for a movie or $50 for a season of a show, but with no digital copy stored to your hard drive.

It's extremely rare that I actively hope for something to fail, but Stadia is one of those things that I hope never makes it. I hate the very concept for what it stands for and what it could potentially normalize if it does succeed, and everything they've announced about it just makes it seem worse and worse. The whole thing is a screwjob.


In accordance to the VGC forum rules, §8.5, I hereby exercise my right to demand to be left alone regarding the subject of the effects of the pandemic on video game sales (i.e., "COVID bump").