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Virtual Legality Episode 141

Is Google Stadia’s Marketing Fraudulent? Or Just Extremely Deceptive?

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Google's Stadia project ("The future of gaming is not a box!") has had its share of ups-and-downs already, but perhaps none more so than when reviewers and consumers alike realized they weren't getting the resolution or framerate that Google had promised.

Google has since responded...by throwing its game developers under the bus.

But does it rise to the level of true deception?

All this has happened before and it will happen again...in Virtual Legality.

#Google #Stadia #4k


Discussed in this episode:

"Google responds after Stadia owners accuse it of breaking promises over game performance"
Eurogamer - November 25, 2019 - Wesley Yin-Poole
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-11-25-google-issues-statement-after-stadia-owners-say-it-broke-promises-over-game-performance

"Yes, all games at launch support 4K."
Tweet - October 8, 2019 - Phil Harrison
https://twitter.com/MrPhilHarrison/status/1181739544783097858

Stadia FAQ
Last Updated October 24, 2019
https://support.google.com/stadia/answer/9338946?hl=en

Stadia Terms of Service
Last Updated November 5, 2019
https://stadia.google.com/tos?hl=en-US

Google Terms of Service
Last Updated October 25, 2017
https://policies.google.com/terms

"Wire Fraud
Justia
https://www.justia.com/criminal/offenses/white-collar-crimes/wire-fraud/

"A Brief Overview of the Federal Trade Commission's Investigative, Law Enforcement, and Rulemaking Authority"
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Website
https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/what-we-do/enforcement-authority

"FTC Policy Statement on Deception"
October 14, 1983
https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/public_statements/410531/831014deceptionstmt.pdf

"You realize you will see every game in 1080p as your output right?"
Tweet - October 31, 2013 - Aaron Greenberg
https://twitter.com/aarongreenberg/status/396066138875912192

"Xbox One graphics currently output in 900p, worse than PS4’s 1080p"
ExtremeTech - October 15, 2013 - James Plafke
https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/168630-xbox-one-graphics-output-in-900p-worse-than-ps4s-1080p


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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

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