Google leads gaming down a perilous path

My take, for BBC News, on Google’s Stadia, a streaming-only gaming platform.

Briefly, I think both gamers and games-makers will be cautious of this idea. Not buying a console and each game sounds great, but the cost of paying for such high-speed internet would probably wipe out any savings made.

And the subscription model – if it indeed ends up being one – could lead to developers having to bastardize their ideas in order to maximise income. My conclusion:

The ad-laden, endorphin-pumping, lootbox-peddling mobile gaming industry might be considered the canary in a very miserable coal-mine, here. Paying for a games consoles, and the games on it, may not be such a bad thing after all.