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DrMrLordX

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yeah, soulsborne and roguelite games are particularly unforgiving
Some of the endgame/postgame boss rush content in Hollow Knight is beyond ugly. And the White Palace . . . I can't believe I did that "by accident", twice, because I didn't understand what to do at the end of that stupid dungeon.
 

GodisanAtheist

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With history being cyclical, I'm preparing for the upcoming (years from now) requests from people asking for some sort of a physical copy of their media since they are tired of companies controlling how we use our games/movies/music, etc. Maybe even something in the form of a disc and for games, a little booklet that can give us some tutorial information.
-I doubt that's ever happening again, unless all human civilzation collapses and we make it back to physical storage mediums without the web connectedness while fighting off mutants in that apocalyptic hellscape.

Even consoles are moving toward a steam-esq system.

Physical media was a thing because it was the only game in town. If we had the internet before we had physical disk storage/distribution, that would have been the system from the start.

People forget that disks/cds/etc degrade, can break, can be lost or stolen, the content on them is typically out of date or might not even be compatible on current systems (resolved by companies like GOG), and most of all take physical space. If someone saw my Steam collection in real life (my wife) I would be in therapy right now. She has even commented "how are you playing something different every time I see you gaming?" Haha the wonders of the internet never cease, my dear. Remember having to pre-order games because the store literally did not have enough shelf space or didn't anticipate demand?

Right now, digital distribution systems are the sweet spot: convenient for the consumer, additonal protection against piracy for companies, all of the performance of physical media by running client side with none of the hangups.
 

Stg-Flame

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There's so many fun tetris-like games out there that don't cost a monthly subscription.
 

ultimatebob

Lifer
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There's so many fun tetris-like games out there that don't cost a monthly subscription.
They're doing a free Stadia Pro trial right now, though. It doesn't hurt to give it a try.

I found that the latency sucks when you're on Wi-Fi, though. I kinda expected that.
 

Stg-Flame

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There's so many fun tetris-like games out there that don't require a free trial or suffer from latency issues.

Why would anyone want to pay a monthly subscription (after this free trial ends) to play a game with lag at 4K? Sure it might be cool to see all the individual hairs on your favorite character's head but after losing countless times from something so simple as latency issues, the allure of 4K wears off fast.
 

ultimatebob

Lifer
Jul 1, 2001
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There's so many fun tetris-like games out there that don't require a free trial or suffer from latency issues.

Why would anyone want to pay a monthly subscription (after this free trial ends) to play a game with lag at 4K? Sure it might be cool to see all the individual hairs on your favorite character's head but after losing countless times from something so simple as latency issues, the allure of 4K wears off fast.
I think that they're streaming at 1080p quality right now. The games looked good on my 1440p monitor, anyway. When I was on a wired connection, it played fine.

And, NO, there isn't enough content there currently to warrant paying $10 a month for this service. If I'm spending that kind of money, I'd go with XBox Game Pass instead.

But, hey... if you're bored right now and want to play a few games for free, why not give it a try?
 
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I’m not good at tracking when free trials end and when billing begins. Typically I don’t opt in for these offers.
Sort of feel if it’s a free trial it should be free, no billing expectations until I opt in to be billed.
Also don’t you need something around $130 special chrome cast thingy to make this work on anything but a desktop?
 

aigomorla

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Im with Zin.... there is a bonafide reason why i buy high end hardware to play games.
I even rage when my FPS drops below 50.

And yes i know its a cheap solution, but at that point, i think i'll go out and grab a XBOX for 300, Xbox live game pass, and go that route, before i went Stadia.
 
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