Devices taken to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) are now available for purchase, allowing you to get your hands on more hardware that hasn’t been very successful.
At the 2019 GDC, Google had a small exhibit with a few devices. There was an E.T. game for the Atari 2600 (one of the games that played a role in the 1983 Western gaming crash), a Nintendo Power Glove (the failed NES controller), and a SEGA Dreamcast (the company’s last console, which was essentially thwarted by Sony’s PlayStation 2, and thus ceased production in 2001). What does this triumvirate even have to do with a cloud platform?
According to Google’s logic, these were products that were doomed to failure, and Stadia, by contrast, was doomed to success (and so, in hindsight, we can say that it was not). These products can now be bought, and the money raised can be used to support the Video Game History Foundation (VGHF). Kotaku reported that the VGHF loaned them to the tech company for its GDC exhibit. The foundation’s president, Frank Cifaldi, wrote on Twitter and eBay, “Remember when Google Stadia had that GDC display where they sat it next to three of gaming history’s most famous failures? Now you can recreate this display in your own home! I provided the originals for the display, and now I’m selling them for charity.”
The eBay listing added: “Up for auction are the original items used for Google Stadia’s famous “Anything you dream can be built” grand reveal display at the 2019 Game Developers Conference! Through a series of mishandlings, miscommunications, misunderstandings and other general mishaps, the grand unveiling of Google’s now-doomed gaming service was next to…three of the most famous commercial failures in video game history. Now, these failures can be YOUR failures!”
At the time of writing, bids for the three products were at $2,025, and with the bidding running until Thursday, it would not be surprising to see the iconic products of gaming history sell for more than $2,500…