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Google's Stadia Missed Targets For Monthly Active Users By 'Hundreds Of Thousands' Per New Report |

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  • AlbatroesAlbatroes Member LegendaryPosts: 7,671
    Its kind of funny that Stadia is educating more people to the fact that many of us realized when steam was growing: games are just a service, no longer something you can own. Even if you have a 'physical' copy of a game, most require a 'day 1' patch to even function, so once stadia and others go down (stadia will more than likely shutdown because google is a joke when it comes to 'new' stuff), all that money just goes into the ether.
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 23,218
    Albatroes said:
    Its kind of funny that Stadia is educating more people to the fact that many of us realized when steam was growing: games are just a service, no longer something you can own. Even if you have a 'physical' copy of a game, most require a 'day 1' patch to even function, so once stadia and others go down (stadia will more than likely shutdown because google is a joke when it comes to 'new' stuff), all that money just goes into the ether.
    Even before Steam, publishers could post patches on a game's web site.  Even when you bought a physical box and perhaps had to have a CD in the drive to get the game to run, you could still download a patch to update the game.  Once you've got a patched game that doesn't need to connect to servers during gameplay, you "own" it and don't need any further help from the publisher to keep playing the game for as long as you like.
  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Member EpicPosts: 5,158
    edited February 28
    Quizzical said:
    kitarad said:
    My worst nightmare will be if Steam goes belly up. I have close to 400 games on it. Yikes even the very thought  :#
    You can demonstrate what that will be like with a simple experiment.  Unplug your Internet connection, then open Steam anyway.  It will say that it can only run in offline mode.  Single player games will still work just fine, though.

    Right now, Steam wants you to log into their servers at least once every few days in order for offline mode to still work.  But if Valve were going bankrupt, they'd remove that check and let the games you've bought just work forever, at least if they're single-player games.
    you install from steam servers though.

    What's lame is they don't let you give away your account in  will.  At least as far as I'm aware
  • karmathkarmath Member UncommonPosts: 899
    If you could 'rent' games it would have been a success, likely a large one. But that good ol' greed kicked in and everyone avoided it like the cash grab it is. Surprising stuff this isnt.
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 23,218
    karmath said:
    If you could 'rent' games it would have been a success, likely a large one. But that good ol' greed kicked in and everyone avoided it like the cash grab it is. Surprising stuff this isnt.
    In a way, it is renting games.  It's just that it's renting at new game purchase prices.
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