5 gaming news sites and how being misleading is the new cool

According to popular gaming news sites, Google Stadia doesn’t know how to fix a bug within one of their games. Being a big gaming news site apparently lets you behave like a complete moron, act like you know what’s going on, and report on complete bullshit. “Journalism is fun!” - No one ever.  

That time when Google Stadia (according to these news sites) fired a bunch of game developers so they can’t fix their own game

Check out these links for a good laugh. I did.

Eurogamer.net - Stadia struggling to fix Journey to the Savage Planet bug after firing developer 

Rock Paper Shotgun - No one's left to fix Journey To The Savage Planet on Stadia

Kotaku.com - Stadia Developers Can't Fix The Bugs In Their Own Game Because Google Fired Them

Screenrant.com - Journey To The Savage Planet Devs Can’t Fix Bugs On Stadia

Thegamer.com - After Firing The Game's Developers, Stadia Can't Fix Journey To The Savage Planet Bug

Google Stadia fired a bunch of game developers? This is news to me

Why don’t you report on this instead? Oh, right.. Might be because it’s completely false and misleading, even more false and misleading than Google Stadia not knowing how to “fix their own game” (Journey to the Savage Planet). It’s not their own game, but hey, let’s not get hung up on minor details here. This is news, this is journalism!

Let’s take a step back to February 1st 2021, when Phil Harrison published a blog post in The Keyword (a Google product blog). Focusing on Stadia’s future as a platform, and winding down SG&E (blog.google)

Here’s a whole paragraph from that blog post, I’ve gone ahead and bolded the most relevant words: 

Creating best-in-class games from the ground up takes many years and significant investment, and the cost is going up exponentially. Given our focus on building on the proven technology of Stadia as well as deepening our business partnerships, we’ve decided that we will not be investing further in bringing exclusive content from our internal development team SG&E, beyond any near-term planned games. With the increased focus on using our technology platform for industry partners, Jade Raymond has decided to leave Google to pursue other opportunities. We greatly appreciate Jade's contribution to Stadia and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. Over the coming months, most of the SG&E team will be moving on to new roles. We’re committed to working with this talented team to find new roles and support them.  

But didn’t a bunch of large gaming news sites just report on Google Stadia firing a bunch of people? Yes, they did. They also reported that Google Stadia aren’t able to fix a bug with one of many games on their platform. 

That bug, that got blown out of proportion

Google Stadia have fixed it. Yeah, the people who didn’t know how to fix a thing, fixed a thing. The world as we know it is probably ending today! 

Grace, one of the Google Stadia Community Managers, has even been kind enough to make a dedicated thread about this whole thing over on Stadia's official subreddit, r/Stadia. Read more over here Update regarding issues with "Journey to the Savage Planet"

That's the end of my article. Thanks for checking in.


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