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I write about gaming on Google Stadia. Based in #Philly and #TempleMade
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I started my Google Stadia Pro membership in April 2020 — one month into the Global COVID-19 Pandemic — which was four months after the official launch of Google Stadia Pro in November 2019 — a subscription gaming service offered by Google. At that time, it was becoming clear that I (and many others) were going to be spending a lot more time at home, and it just so happened to be that Google was giving away Google Stadia Pro for FREE as a trial at that time.

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Screenshot Capture from Google Stadia: Main Screen of the Game — Celeste

I first became aware of the game Celeste via a promotional announcement video on the Google Stadia YouTube Channel, and prior to that announcement, I had never heard of the game Celeste.

Google Stadia YouTube Channel Announcement Video for Celeste

Which kind of baffled me, because later on, after playing the game for a while and reading more about the history of the game, I became aware that Celeste had actually won the 2018 Independent Game Of The Year Award — so obviously I am not reading the right gaming blogs or subscribing to the right gaming YouTube Channels —…

Google Stadia Logo via Wikimedia Commons

On February 1st, 2021, Phil Harrison — the Vice President and General Manager of Google Stadia — penned an announcement on the Official Google Blog letting the world know that Google Stadia was moving forward with a new strategy by no longer investing in Stadia Games and Entertainment (SG&E) — and I am here for it — the strategy that is.

When this news broke, it was immediately and widely viewed as negative news coming from Google, and tech blogs absolutely seized the opportunity of this announcement to further lean in on hating Google Stadia. Hating on Google Stadia is…

Screen Capture Collage from Google Stadia Game Play

It is the end of 2020, and as I reflect on Google Stadia throughout the year —I cannot stress this enough — it just could not have been a better & more perfectly timed gift from Google during a global pandemic.

A BIG thank you — again — to Google and the Google Stadia Team! From the platform upgrades, the player experience enhancements, the new games being on-boarded, the Game Studio / Developer partnerships, the YouTube Game Play streaming integrations & enhancements, and the communication transparency along the way from the following mediums:

Start Screen for Super Bomberman R Online for Google Stadia

Bomberman is a video game series that has had a cult following for decades beginning in 1983. Bomberman really became mainstream with the launch of Bomberman for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985 (Japan) / 1987 (USA). In 2020, Super Bomberman R Online was released by Konami and exclusively launched on the Google Stadia platform. Watch the video game announcement trailer here:

Konami Announcement: Super Bomberman R Online on Google Stadia

Originally, when Super Bomberman R Online was announced for the Google Stadia platform, I thought that a different game Konami had previously created named: Super Bomberman R was…

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I have to start off by stating that I had never heard of the Wonder Boy video game series before, until Monster Boy and The Cursed Kingdom came out on the Google Stadia platform. I even had to look it up on Wikipedia, because I enjoyed playing this game so much on Google Stadia, I was kind of surprised I never knew about it or played it on an earlier gaming console.

Rebranded in 2018 as Monster Boy, with the release of Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, I reviewed the past games in the Wonder Boy video game series…

First, I want to start off by thanking the Google Stadia Team for creating and launching the free version of Google Stadia in 2020, along with a two month FREE Google Stadia PRO subscription, during quarantine and a global pandemic. That was absolutely an unexpected gift, and if no one is thanking you directly for it — let me be the first to directly thank you. Google Stadia is fully entertaining me during quarantine as a casual gamer, and I am grateful.

Back in 2019, when Google Stadia was launched, I was immediately excited for the future of gaming. Specifically…

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