Google Stadia is officially dead, and now you can buy the official reveal items that paired the platform with notorious failures like the Dreamcast and Nintendo Power Glove.
For some reason, at the Game Developers Conference 2019, Google decided to hold a small exhibition, showcasing alien Games from Atari, Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo Power Glove. The show was meant to make fun of Google’s cloud-based platform Stadia, but the thread running through these three gaming icons is that they were all notable failures. Now you can own these items and your money will go to the Video Game History Foundation!
According to Kotaku, VGHF founder Frank Cifaldi recently released information about the three items because they were lent to Google by the group. “Remember Google Stadia’s GDC display, where they put it next to three of the most famous failures in gaming history?” Sifaldi wrote.
“Now you can recreate this display in your own home! I provided the originals for the display, and I’m now selling them for charity,” he added before linking to an eBay listing for the three items.
“Original items auctioned for Google Stadia’s famous “Anything You Dream Can Build” grand showcase at Game Developers Conference 2019! Read the eBay description.
“Through a series of mishandlings, miscommunications, misunderstandings and other general mishaps, the grand unveiling of Google’s now doomed gaming service comes on the heels of… three of the most famous commercial failures in video game history. Now these failures may It’s your failure!”
At the time of writing, the current bid is $2,025, with about four days to go, so if you’re craving all this classic video game history, you’ll want to get yours as soon as possible. No, it doesn’t come with Stadia.
Google announced earlier this week that Stadia would be shutting down in January 2023, much to everyone’s surprise, but it was very unfortunate for many developers that they weren’t told of the planned shutdown until everyone else knew. It’s also a potential sign that this particular format of cloud gaming simply won’t work, and we should probably let it go.