Google made almost what, 57 billion dollars last year and they don’t even want to support this. Stadia is pretty much dead. I think the more interesting thing left for it is if there are any salvageable ideas from it.
Music is quite different. I realize there are audophiles that consume that art form in a very different way from most mainstream individuals, but for mainstream, it’s a 3 minute or so experience that isn’t really customized in anyway. Steaming gave us the ability to customize where and what we listen to, often in what order, so we’re not all playing 30 dollars for CDs that had one or two tracks we liked that were burned off onto mixed experiences for the experience we actually want. TV is the same way only longer, with the visual premium… people (?) buying their 100" 8k TVs and UHD files or discs, but largely it is also a static experience with the location, device and order all sort of organized by the service or applications you use.
Gaming is still an entertainment medium, but the experience can be literally different from player to player. We’re not just talking about content decisions made by publishers and developers, but third party modifications that are sometimes supported by the first party group, even encouraged, and sometimes now. In addition, you have benchmarksers who chase the wave and pay huge premiums so the rest of us don’t have to when those pieces get back to orbit and those who are fine just getting a rig up and playing whatever their system can support. There is a this big group in-between those two, and then we have overlapping and separate platforms all while having these groups over what exactly mainstream means and what experiences are acceptable and which aren’t.
Now can steaming exist within this hodgepodge of different consumers, sure it can, but it’s not as simple as trying to take a 3 minute piece of art, offering it in like a half dozen mediums in 100s of different services
So when someone struts out to the front and say this, this is the future of gaming, you have to wonder, who the heck are they speaking for? The gamers. There is no the gamers, there has never been. There’s just one arrogant group that continues to believe and often demand they get serviced as the one and only TRUE gamers… except. We’re all gamers, we’re all experiencing different offerings in different ways with different set-up and different needs.
So yeah, do I think some sort of streaming is going to have a spot in the future of gaming. Well of course I do. We already have streaming services that are being enjoyed by many different groups… but they’re not largely replacing the new releases. And if someone is looking at cable and saying, well hey there is a good idea, everyone hates them so let’s copy that model… eeeh, well, okay. We can talk about that in ten years when they wonder why copying one of the most hated utilities has shifted that hate their way and now they’re… surprised.