Once again, Google has told users of one of its services, “You screwed up. You trusted us. That’s up to you.”
“Google shuts down Stadia Cloud gaming platform”
“Gasps for breath!” – No one at all.
Well, at least it had a good long run that…
Google Stadia has only been around since 2019 and was launched in November of that year.
The service is designed to enable cloud-based gaming on a range of devices, including PCs, Chromebooks, Macs, iPhones, and iPads.
Indeed, Stadia was touted by some as one of the things that gave Chromebooks an advantage over MacBooks. Oh well.
Turns out Google would rather run and shut down a thousand services than go into therapy. This has really become a pattern for the company and it doesn’t sit well with everyone, especially people who had a fairly large investment of time in games that
“Red Dead Redemption II player begs Rockstar to save their 6K Stadia hours”
A desperate Red Dead Redemption II player has begged Rockstar to allow cross-platform data transfers after accumulating thousands of hours on Google’s doomed Stadia service.
That’s also… a lot of hours. This is a YouTuber, of course, so you could say it’s part of his job. You could also argue that the moon landings were fake or that the Pope is 12 little aliens in a white cape. You can say whatever you want on YouTube, Google doesn’t care as long as people watch the ads.
Now it’s up to Rockstar to deal with the fallout of Google pulling the rug out from among players? As a game developer to put it bluntly in a tweet:
Why did Stadia fail despite a seemingly profitable market? As TechCrunch’s Devin Coldewey argues, we may have reached the point where Google’s efforts to develop new services can’t gain traction because no one trusts Google to keep them open for more than a few years.
“Stadia died because no one trusts Google”
Nobody trusts Google. It has shown such a poor understanding of what people want, need, and will pay for that at this point people are wary of investing in even the more popular products.
On most accounts, the service itself worked very well. The problem was that you only had to buy games for Stadia and who would want to do that if you could buy it for Steam or a console, which you’re sure would take longer than the average Google executive takes you to deal with. bored and run after another shiny object?
It cost you a bill to get in plus the monthly fee, then you had to buy games on top of that, for full price.
But you could run them on your Chromebook and Google could search all your information!
Oh wait, that’s a reason for… google to want you to get it, no reason to want it. And that’s the problem with most of these Google services. The one they really serve is, well, Google.
For me (and dozens more of us) the turning point was the murder of Google Reader – for which I will never forgive them, and regularly try to get a little revenge by calling it that…
People love to blame the iPhone for the rise of social media that, not to put it lightly, will kill us all. But Google effectively killing RSS was just as instrumental.
Coldewey believes no one will ever trust Google again and while Macalope agrees that the company certainly has a problem, there will always be someone who will try to build a YouTube channel about Google Flonx, the new service that lets you sell your precious body fluids to billionaires to keep them young.