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So Stadia, the new Streaming-based Video Game Platform brought to you by Google launched last year to a collective... "Meh". But if you look at the current library for the system, there's one thing suspiciously missing from the lineup. First party games. With the announcement of Stadia, Google also announced the formation of a new Division, Stadia Games and Entertainment, the Stadia Platform's first party game publisher. Jade Raymond is captain of the ship, and Google Promises that Stadia G&E will provide Stadia with compelling and unique exclusives...

So... Where are they? For a brand new platform launch from a company brand new to the industry outside the big three, you'd think investing in First Party Game Development more would be their top priority. Instead, Stadia's Launch leans heavily on Indie games, and Ports of Third party games you probably own on other, better systems. Now, getting third parties on board day one is vital for any new console, especially for newcomers. But I feel establishing a strong and interesting First party lineup is equally as important.

Sony Computer Entertainment knew this when they were established to launch the PlayStation. Even Microsoft, Google's closest rival at this point, was smart enough to realize this when they launched the Xbox in 2001. Recently, Stadia G&E has been looking to set up shop for studios in places like Japan and Europe, and has recently acquired Typhoon Studios. Cool, but... why wasn't this done BEFORE Stadia launched? A big reason why nobody cares about Stadia right now is the lineup. There's a lot to play, yes. But nothing you haven't played on other platforms before. If you already own a PS4, Xbox One, or Swtich, there's pretty much nothing to see here at the moment. It lacks a big killer app, a game or handful of exclusive games that make people take notice and go "Take my Money".

Stadia as a whole was launched incomplete. Rushed, half-baked, and half-finished. It'll probably get better down the line, but the inability to have a tangible first party lineup ready for launch is IMO, the most boneheaded mistake Google made with the service so far. I think people can forgive the other problems with Stadia, if it at least had a library of compelling First Party Software exclusive to it, but it doesn't, so its flaws become even more apparent. Third Party Games give a platform market relevance, but First Party Games give a platform its personality. They help define the console's style, its features, its unique position in the market. Right now, aside from the novelty of Streaming, Stadia has no first party games, so as far as I'm concerned, it has no personality, no style, no uniqueness.



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I remember that people were genuinely worried that Stadia could threaten console gaming. It still cracks me up how hostile people were.



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Only thing I will celebrate about Stadia is it's death. That will be a joyus day!



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They started building their 1st party too late to have 1st party games ready for launch or even for the first year of the service. They've been relying on moneyhatted 3rd party exclusives like Gylt, Get Packed, and Orcs Must Die 3 to cover for their slow 1st party building and development. We will see some 1st party Stadia games eventually I'm sure, at least if Stadia survives long enough, they didn't put an industry veteran like Jade Raymond in charge of their 1st party for no reason I'm sure.

Google Stadia is on the list of exhibitors for IGN's "Summer of Gaming" and Gamespot's "Play For All" E3 replacement events in June, we may see some 1st party Stadia games at those. Or maybe Google is planning their own digital Stadia conference for this summer where they will finally announce some 1st party games. I guess we'll have to wait and see. So far their promises for 2020 have fallen quite short. In January they claimed that 120+ games would release on Stadia in 2020, including 10 timed Stadia exclusives in January-June, we so far haven't see anywhere close to the amount of new games that would be needed to reach either of those goal; it's mid May and so far only 20 out of 120 games have released on Stadia this year, and I think only 1 out of 10 timed exclusives they said would come before June, even with coronavirus complications that is pretty sad. 

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All it ever needed was Tomb Raider 2013 at full price.



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COKTOE said:

All it ever needed was Tomb Raider 2013 at full price.

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Demanding exclusivity is such a weird and backwards thing to do.



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Leynos said:
Only thing I will celebrate about Stadia is it's death. That will be a joyus day!

lol, why do people want things to fail?

I have a few friends who don*t have any current consoles and a playing the 1 or 2 games they want stadia. Its cool for them and doesn't pose  a thread for people who prefer gaming on physical hardware. By the time it does it means it will work like a dream, which would be a win for everyone. 



Otter said:
Leynos said:
Only thing I will celebrate about Stadia is it's death. That will be a joyus day!

lol, why do people want things to fail?

I have a few friends who don*t have any current consoles and a playing the 1 or 2 games they want stadia. Its cool for them and doesn't pose  a thread for people who prefer gaming on physical hardware. By the time it does it means it will work like a dream, which would be a win for everyone. 

I don't support a future where corps control ownership like this. Pay full price for something you don't own on top of a sub fee. Google is the worst place for any of them. They shut shit down all the time so once they shut it down. Poof boom your games are gone. The consumer should be in control. Not the corporation. Removing less control for the consumer is anti-consumer. Stadia has failed and will die the death it deserves. I'm against anti-consumer. With BS practices like this in the 90s, I would not be able to play many of my fave games now. In 20 years I can play the games I own. In 2 years Stadia will be listed on the killed by Google Website.



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!