What is the Stadia store, and lists, more commonly referred to as categories?
No webstore is a great store without features like filtering, sorting, and searching to help you wade through the tons and tons of products (in this case games) available. Yet, here we are with the Stadia store. The store has a sorting feature, but it's missing search and filters. It more than makes up for this (not really, but let's pretend) with a $£@!-ton of categories, or lists as Google refers to them as in their URLs.
So how many lists are we talking about here? Currently, at the time of writing this first article version, exactly two hundred and one (201) lists. That's quite the number, I've combed through every single one by hand. I'm not wizarded enough to parse JSON or untangle the mystery that is the Stadia web application and its humongous API. If you know how to, I'm willing to learn!
I hope this article can serve as a lookup or even resource. I'll do my best to keep it up to date with future iterations on the store. It's also a so and so source to what the internet loves most; speculation!
It's speculating time!
Before I dump the whole list of URLs and names, let us speculate on what some of these lists might mean or even hint at for Stadia's future. As we now know, Stadia has an avalanche of games, around 400 to be precise ish, being tracked between now and 2023. 15 of those are stated to be Stadia exclusive. I have little doubt that more games will follow suite in the further future, both exclusive to Stadia and not.
Looking through the whole list, there's a few ones that immediately jumps out as quite interesting when I'm putting the far-sighted spectacles on. Here they are: Popular on YouTube, Most wished, Most gifted, Top rated, Demos, Trials, Buy it again, Go deluxe, New trailers, Games your friends are playing, Recommended for you, Try these games, Buy now to continue playing, Stadia Pro free games, Stadia Pro exclusives, Previously available in Stadia Pro, Retro games, Competitive games, Dating simulations, E-sports, Massively multiplayer games, MMO games, MMORPGs, MOBA games, Your wishlist.
Let's go a little deeper with some of them.
Most wished, Most gifted, Your wishlist
- The community has been asking about gifting and wish listing since Stadia released. Are these, currently empty, lists a sign of what's to come? Maybe, maybe not. They may just be empty promises or features one of the developers hope to some day implement, but I see little point in adding a list that will never get used.
Popular on YouTube, New trailers
- Are we getting a tighter integration with YouTube? ARE WE GETTING “CHECK WHAT'S UP” UI for each game, showing YouTube streams and promotional videos of the game from within the Stadia UI? Again, maybe? No clue, but this one is interesting.
- Another feature that's nice to have in a great webstore. Does this mean professional ratings of games? Player ratings of games? Both? Metacritic integration? We'll see.
Games your friends are playing, Recommended for you, Try these games
- More social and activity driven lists. Always nice to know what my friends are up to, and if I lose my mind I do like being recommended what to try out - or even buy!
Demos, Trials, Buy now to continue playing, Buy it again, Go deluxe
- We know about demos by now, but how about Trials? You think you love Red Dead Redemption 2, but don't want to commit your wallet, then refund when it wasn't hit? Go for a trial, maybe that's how it will work.
- Buy now to continue playing, likely tied to Trials.
- I'm not sure about Buy it again, perhaps tied to gifting games?
- Go deluxe.. This sounds like another feature that has been highly requested. To everyone who buys base edition of games, then regrets and have to refund, to then buy the bigger edition. Hopefully this works like this if you already own a lower edition “Bigger edition - Your edition = Price you pay".
Stadia Pro free games, Stadia Pro exclusives, Previously available in Stadia Pro
- Free, free games with Stadia Pro? Unsure what this could mean, but it might hint at Free To Play titles.
- Stadia Pro exclusives. As a Pro Subscriber, I like the sound of this.
- Previously available in Stadia Pro. This is yet another highly requested feature, if you were late to the Stadia party you've missed out on a ton of great “free” games with Stadia Pro already. Perhaps they'll come back from time to time, claimable for current Stadia Pro subscribers.
Retro games, Competitive games, Dating simulations, E-sports, Massively multiplayer games, MMO games, MMORPGs, MOBA games
- That's a ton of genres! Let's pick some to look at
- Retro games. Perhaps emulated, Linux certainly has several great ways to emulate a ton of platforms already. All the retro gaming you could ever ask for!
- Dating simulations?! Eh, uh.. Sure! More the merrier.
- E-sports, Competitive games, MOBA? Maybe this is hinting at some currently hugely popular games?
- Massively multiplayer games? We know there's a few MMO ish games in Stadia's library already, but a bunch of lists for… a few titles? I don't think so!
Stadia store lists
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