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  1. I've seen adverts. I'd say it's probably one of the most advertised products from Google outside of their own service interlinking (no evidence, but Google really don't advertise much). But as a new service up against established competitors it feels like it needs to try a bit harder than it did. Maybe that's promotions with game launches. As much as I don't think it needs an exclusive title I guess you could argue that a big and exciting exclusive title might have driven more ongoing discussion about the platform and recruited people to actually try it.
  2. But even as an avid PC user and gamer I’d never use one as my main lounge gaming system over an Xbox or PlayStation, regardless of performance. They’re just too much of a pain in the backside. Things like big picture mode have helped but they don’t remove the time Windows does something odd and leaves me needing to find a mouse/keyboard to fix it up again, Better performance for a trade off of convenience. Stadia is a more interesting trade off. Plus and minus points on performance and maybe convenience if you have the right hardware in place (or will invest).
  3. On Stadia’s case I suspect the reality is that the vast majority of people have no idea it even exists. Regardless of its value proposition or performance I’m not sure it’s even entered the public consciousness.
  4. Ive never played any of those mass produced games! But the others are excellent counters of where it’s worked and produced turkey great complete games (from what I’ve read, only played Hades).
  5. Right. It feels a bit high and mighty to say this but I feel like these early access games are never really anything but a piece of fleeting entertainment. Relevant because not their momentary success rather than the quality of the final product that few will play in the future. Their flash of success and subsequent burn out before completion means they're a nothing in the end. They please many but most of the community moves to the next big thing. And I wonder if there's basically now a class of gamer or just plays this sort of game. Surfing the early access stuff for the next big
  6. It's exactly the same on Switch. And as MarkN says, there is a horse (not that I have it yet). I've tried this multiple times over the years but always tail off quite quickly. Not sure what it is. I think it's that I like the farming but cannot be bothered with the mines. Currently just starting my first autumn.
  7. I'd put this in a dedicated thread if I could find one but search won't work. Just finished series 1 of 24. I watched it a few years after its original release and after starting series 2 have up about half way through. It was just too annoying. It's good at its best but my god there's so much stupid. And my god watching series 1 now reminds me just how much stupid. Let's not get started on the continual lack of information sharing around a department meaning no one seems to know what's going on, EVER, and skip right to the end of the finale... (I p
  8. I seem to remember enjoying the first season. Silly fun is how I'd sum it up. But it wasn't anything amazing.
  9. The Valheim thread got me thinking about early access titles and their impact on the industry and gamers. And mostly whether they’re good or bad for the industry overall. You can probably trace the origin of early access to public alphas and beta. Now it’s access to a continual stream of updates for a title the developer labels as early access (and the player has to pay for the privilege). In return gamers get to be (or feel) involved in the development process, providing their feedback and reports on the game as well as experiencing something new (admittedly not before anyone e
  10. But they didn’t build the Spotify equivalent in terms of the service you pay for. Which just seems incredible to me. How did no one at Google simply see that the all you can eat service model was the way when that’s basically the default for a streaming service of any other media. I can only imagine that they got rebuffed by too many publishers who didn’t want to port their content for a subscription revenue model.
  11. Games development is poorly paid compared to the average development jobI suspect (and has always been my interpretation). They’re relying on those who do it having a desire to do it.
  12. Launched at the end of a generation when surely anyone who had any interest in playing games already and somewhere to play them. So why would I change from my PS4 or Xbox already under my TV to Stadia for purchasing games? Obviously there are some benefits in terms of play anywhere... but we are in the midst of a pandemic. We don’t travel as much. We’re stuck at home. Where my current console is. Overcoming that meant they needed a different proposition for the user to attract them. And I don’t think it’s exclusives, or even having every big game, just enough of them. A
  13. To be clear I meant a year ago. Lacking a Fire stick or Roku app, maybe the consoles and the major TV brands for new devices at least is just saying you’re not serious. I (and I think many others) aren’t going to pay for a service I cannot watch with ease on my TV, regardless of what content it does (or doesn’t) have. Its clearly better now but I suspect some of the damage is done. If I didn’t have a free year from my new iPad I would have not given it a second look.
  14. Part of the issue is the one I faced the other day... no app for the major devices (and even worse it turns out there was but I didn’t know about it and assumed Apple wouldn’t have an android one). I think it launched thinking it was 2015 when people were prepared to watch a streaming service like iPlayer on their laptop. Meanwhile I now expect at least one of my devices to have an app if I’m going to try it out (be that the TV, Fire stick Chromecast, console, etc ). If not your service is never going to enter my standard daily use regardless of your content quality.
  15. Whilst you’re right about all that you do have to do this little dance of leaving the island and returning to trigger the change in state for the first 3 shines (the last two are always available regardless of the area’s state). So turn up and do the first shine (normally get to the lighthouse). Now you need to leave and return so it can reconfigure for the chase, blue coin, speed, golden key etc. I didn’t find it too bad myself. I’d basically do a shine, then quickly pop to another island and turn around to come back. Its basically the equivalent of leaving
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