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Google have teased a big Stadia event planned next week where we could see new game announcements, along with some special early demos to try out. Seems they're starting to ramp-up everything now, following on from finally putting out a pretty good explainer advert on what Stadia actually is.

Starting October 20 and going on for three days, they're doing an event that will have "exciting game announcements and some Stadia-only hands-on surprises". There's not much details right now but they also said there will be three games to try, with "exclusive" demos and reveals of more games coming to the Stadia streaming service.

At least this time around, Google are being a bit smarter. Unlike their 'Free Play Days', it seems according to a Stadia staffer on Twitter that you will not need Stadia Pro to access the demos.

The event starts on October 20 at 9 AM PT / 4PM UTC, which will be up on the Stadia YouTube. We'll be following along each day, to let you know what's announced. What are you expecting?


In other news, the Stadia team recently held a Q&A session with Founders in a special section on their community site. In response to questions about people pointing out the famous Google Graveyard, something people love to bring up constantly, Chris from Google replied to say:

You can rest assured that Google is in it for the long haul. We saw something special in cloud gaming, and we think we have the tools and knowledge to push this technology to the next level. It's okay to be unsure; the future is uncertain. But we care deeply about this space, because we are gamers too, and we want Stadia to succeed. 

While the other Stadia staff member involved in the Q&A, Grace, said:

Ah, yes I hope you all know that I see those comments that say "Stadia is headed for the Google Graveyard". My response to this is... please give the Stadia team time. It's been less than a year since we've launched, and we have a lot in store for you all.

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TheSHEEEP 14 Oct
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QuoteIn other news, the Stadia team recently held a Q&A session with Founders in a special section on their community site. In response to questions about people pointing out the famous Google Graveyard, something people love to bring up constantly, Chris from Google replied to say:

You can rest assured that Google is in it for the long haul. We saw something special in cloud gaming, and we think we have the tools and knowledge to push this technology to the next level. It's okay to be unsure; the future is uncertain. But we care deeply about this space, because we are gamers too, and we want Stadia to succeed.

While the other Stadia staff member involved in the Q&A, Grace, said:

Ah, yes I hope you all know that I see those comments that say "Stadia is headed for the Google Graveyard". My response to this is... please give the Stadia team time. It's been less than a year since we've launched, and we have a lot in store for you all.
So, essentially, they said nothing that could actually alleviate any reasonable fears that this won't be around anymore in a year or two.
It's just PR blurb, of course they are saying this. I'd bet money they said the same thing about Google+ and all the other projects in the graveyard at the time.

Which, to be fair, is the only thing they can say and I don't even doubt they really mean it.
It's just not their decision when the higher-ups decide that the time is over.
Liam Dawe 14 Oct
Quoting: TheSHEEEPWhich, to be fair, is the only thing they can say and I don't even doubt they really mean it.
It's just not their decision when the higher-ups decide that the time is over.
Yup, pretty much. It's the expected thing to say but some people need to hear it, and no matter what even if it goes on for 10 years, there will always be people who bring up the Google Graveyard. Google just have to show with action, not words. So far though, they've gradually built it up quite nicely.

They just need to improve the web store (still no search bar wtf). They did finally, again, update the actual Stadia home page though, and it's quite a bit more clear with an FAQ and all now.
elmapul 14 Oct
What are you expecting?

kingdom hearts, that will give pc gamers an reason to try, since this game never gets relased for pc for some reason.
and... any other big title that never get ported to pc (i cant think of any now)

street fighter 5 (i doubt it will happen), they had console exclusivity deal with sony, but that didnt stoped it from appearing on pc, so who knows about streaming?

any project diva
.hack//g.u. last recode
neptunia series, touhou series, blazz blue, guilty gear
blood stained
Yooka-Laylee The Impossible Lair
tekken / dead or alive
persona series
final fantasy series
nier series
yakuza series

and some ecchi games without censorship (just because its very unlikely)

and last but not least, cyber punk 2077 exclusive demo just to make the haters mad.
3zekiel 14 Oct
Quoting: elmapulWhat are you expecting?

kingdom hearts, that will give pc gamers an reason to try, since this game never gets relased for pc for some reason.
and... any other big title that never get ported to pc (i cant think of any now)

street fighter 5 (i doubt it will happen), they had console exclusivity deal with sony, but that didnt stoped it from appearing on pc, so who knows about streaming?

any project diva
.hack//g.u. last recode
neptunia series, touhou series, blazz blue, guilty gear
blood stained
Yooka-Laylee The Impossible Lair
tekken / dead or alive
persona series
final fantasy series
nier series
yakuza series

and some ecchi games without censorship (just because its very unlikely)

and last but not least, cyber punk 2077 exclusive demo just to make the haters mad.

Genshin Impact would be a good addition too: https://community.stadia.com/t5/Stadia-General/Genshin-Impact/m-p/34056 with people being worried about invasive anti cheat. I do play it on my ps4 with chiaki to stream it on my pc, and it is definitely nice.

And I would kill to get project diva and kingdom hearts on PC, including through Stadia.
Oh God, please let it be support for other countries.
Shmerl 14 Oct
Google as usual is the best friend and the worst enemy of Linux [gaming] as Aaron Seigo put it about Android. Google could have done a lot more to advance actual desktop Linux releases through the Stadia effort, but they did nothing.
Liam Dawe 14 Oct
Quoting: ShmerlGoogle as usual is the best friend and the worst enemy of Linux [gaming] as Aaron Seigo put it about Android. Google could have done a lot more to advance actual desktop Linux releases through the Stadia effort, but they did nothing.
Depends on your point of view. This does open up more gaming on Linux, if your country is supported and your net is reasonable. I've had a great lot of fun with it.
Shmerl 14 Oct
Quoting: Liam DaweDepends on your point of view. This does open up more gaming on Linux, if your country is supported and your net is reasonable. I've had a great lot of fun with it.

Sure, it can be useful. But I mean with all the money they put in it, they could give more back to actual Linux gaming. But they didn't want to.

For instance, why not form some kind of coalition with those who want to advance Linux gaming in general (Valve and other Linux gaming distributors) to break the deadlock of publishers not releasing games for Linux gamers. Everyone benefits in result, including Stadia. This a political issue, not a technical one. And big players can influence things for the better.

Collaboration is a weak point in the gaming industry, besides may be something like Vulkan working group and OpenXR which are good examples.


Last edited by Shmerl on 14 October 2020 at 3:23 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 14 Oct
Quoting: ShmerlSure, it can be useful. But I mean with all the money they put in it, they could give more back to actual Linux gaming. But they didn't want to.
You answer your own question with the below:
Quoting: ShmerlCollaboration is a weak point in the gaming industry
Same for a lot of industries, outside of FOSS in the software world, it's a very "all about us" attitude. It's the same as any other platform for gaming be GOG, Steam, Epic, consoles and so on. They want people to come to them. It's business, plain and simple.

To be blunt, they don't need to "give back" anything. They're providing a service.
Shmerl 14 Oct
Quoting: Liam DaweThey want people to come to them. It's business, plain and simple.

To be blunt, they don't need to "give back" anything. They're providing a service.

First of all, they profit off Linux in it. It's proper to give Linux gaming something back, and I don't find it not fitting to criticize them for not doing more.

Collaboration can be beneficial to all parties, as above and be good for business. So it's not really "about us", it's more about making it "it's not about everyone else", even if it's at the cost of their own benefit. That's an attitude in the gaming industry especially and it's bad for progress of technology.


Last edited by Shmerl on 14 October 2020 at 3:43 pm UTC
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