Latency, pricing and network data caps are all potential issues with streaming services like Google Stadia that will eventually be ironed out. One issue isn’t going away, however: the threat this revolution poses to preservation. I’m one of those people who truly, deeply believes in video games as cultural landmarks. I know this isn’t for everyone: lord knows as VG247 has passed judgement on things like the vacuous political identity of The Division there’s been enough people in the comments screaming ‘games are just for fun’, but I believe in them as something greater. It’s not all about having something to say about politics or the world at large, either: while some games admirably do that, even those that are simple and as far divorced from such a narrative as possible have an artistic merit. This is why I had conflicting emotions as I watched Google’s Stadia presentation at GDC last night. On one hand I was excited, echoing Matt’s thoughts on Stadia live from the conference: I do think streaming is a comfortable, viable option for the future. Many critics of Stadia are getting hung up on technical aspects like worries that streaming will always have a propensity for… Read full this story
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