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Stadia refunds are starting to begin, no word on Controller Bluetooth yet

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Google has announced that they've now begun the process to refund years of Stadia game purchases, as the service is shutting down.

In the updated FAQ entry, Google noted:

Starting 9 November 2022, Stadia will attempt to automatically process refunds for all purchases of games, add-on content and subscription fees other than Stadia Pro made through the Stadia Store. We ask for your patience as we work through each transaction and ask that you refrain from contacting customer support as they will not be able to expedite your refund during this time. We still expect the majority of refunds to be processed by 18 January 2023.

Google said if you don't have a Google account now, they will still process the refund. If there are any card issues (lost / stolen / new card), you should at some point receive an email giving you instructions on how to still get your Stadia refund. They also said some people may need to sign up with Payoneer to get their refund, in some special cases where they cannot process it directly.

The same date has been given for Hardware purchases which include the Stadia Controller, Founder's Edition, Premiere Edition and Play and Watch with Google TV packages but you keep the hardware after the refund.

Sadly though, it seems there's still no update on them enabling Bluetooth in the Stadia Controller so it's wired-only which is a pretty big shame if they don't do it. It's a really comfy controller to use but they are under no obligation to enable Bluetooth, since they're refunding the hardware completely. At least I own a bit of weird computing history now…

As for moving progress from Stadia to elsewhere they said that UbisoftBungieI/O InteractiveCD Projekt RedRockstar Games and Bethesda have already shared plans on that but it's down to each developer and publisher to sort it.

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Mrowl Nov 14, 2022
Stadia: "Stadia runs on Linux, thus technically all of our games are Linux ports!"
Linux Community: "Cool, so that means Stadia will help Linux development, and you'll port games..."
Stadia: "No, f*ck you."
(2022: Stadia is now dying; it's smoldering body crawls the surface, grasping for life)
Linux Community: (Puts Shotgun to Stadia's head)
Linux Community: "No. F*ck you!" (blasts Stadia's head to pieces)
Mezron Nov 15, 2022
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Quoting: Guest2. You are too optimistic about the world where we have always-online DRM for singleplayer games.

Yeah but the great thing about that is that you can say fuck you to that game and company and support the DRM FREE ones. It's not that hard to avoid this stuff.

Like I want to game but it's on my terms with my money. I get what I want 100% of the time.
Dribbleondo Nov 15, 2022
Quoting: Guest
Quoting: Arcadius-8606
Quoting: Guest2. You are too optimistic about the world where we have always-online DRM for singleplayer games.

Yeah but the great thing about that is that you can say fuck you to that game and company and support the DRM FREE ones. It's not that hard to avoid this stuff.

Like I want to game but it's on my terms with my money. I get what I want 100% of the time.
You are right. I have two games in steam I can't play offline: Deus Ex MD, and Doom Eternal. Both games have denuvo, and there is no effective offline mode. I won't buy a denuvo game again. Either I'll get a version without denuvo (when developer removes it, or by other means), or I'll just ignore a game at all. This is insane. If buying a game doesn't grant me a permission to play it, why bothering buying it at all lol.

The tokens Denuvo relies on are refreshed every two weeks (on Steam at least), and absolutely allow for an "offline mode" in the vein you seem to be talking about. It's the exact same system as Steam's offline mode. The only thing stopping you is your hatred for Denuvo, not Denuvo itself.

Also, Deus Ex Mankind Divided has no Denuvo on its "native" Linux port. So...

Read up on it here.


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Eike Nov 15, 2022
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Quoting: Guestare you paid denuvo shill... in simple words... Is it understandable?

I don't like your tone.
Eike Nov 15, 2022
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Quoting: Guestare you paid denuvo shill... in simple words... Is it understandable?

I don't like your tone.
I don't like when I can't play a game I paid for.

This is the part I totally understand.

I would also ask about Deus Ex Mankind Divided though. It shouldn't have Denuvo on Linux...
Dribbleondo Dec 12, 2022
Quoting: Guest
Quoting: Dribbleondo
Quoting: Guest
Quoting: Arcadius-8606
Quoting: Guest2. You are too optimistic about the world where we have always-online DRM for singleplayer games.

Yeah but the great thing about that is that you can say fuck you to that game and company and support the DRM FREE ones. It's not that hard to avoid this stuff.

Like I want to game but it's on my terms with my money. I get what I want 100% of the time.
You are right. I have two games in steam I can't play offline: Deus Ex MD, and Doom Eternal. Both games have denuvo, and there is no effective offline mode. I won't buy a denuvo game again. Either I'll get a version without denuvo (when developer removes it, or by other means), or I'll just ignore a game at all. This is insane. If buying a game doesn't grant me a permission to play it, why bothering buying it at all lol.

The tokens Denuvo relies on are refreshed every two weeks (on Steam at least), and absolutely allow for an "offline mode" in the vein you seem to be talking about. It's the exact same system as Steam's offline mode. The only thing stopping you is your hatred for Denuvo, not Denuvo itself.

Also, Deus Ex Mankind Divided has no Denuvo on its "native" Linux port. So...

Read up on it here.
I had no internet for several months and was able to play all steam games except ones that had denuvo.
Two weeks is not enough. Infinite offline is the only enough option.
Stop defending anti-consumer practice, or are you paid denuvo shill?
I just repeat it again in simple words:
1. I paid for a game.
2. I can't play it for DRM reasons.
Is it understandable? Clear enough? Can you get the scope of the situation?

1. Unless the games your playing through steam are DRM free, you need to be online at least once every two weeks. Denuvo isn't doing anything different.

2. That's....not a reason. I'm not even quite sure what that even means.

3. Don't talk to people on a forum like how you're doing now. I'm not a paid shill, nor am I illiterate or hard of reading, or defending an anti-consumer practice. I was providing you information; Information you merrily disregarded because it didn't fit your own opinion, and you decided to treat me like an idiot. That's no way to talk to people because you disagree with them.

4. This comment was made almost a month later because, ironically, my PC died.
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