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#1 Posted by katelyngadd (77 posts) -

Every time I've tried to download one of the big GOTY discussion videos the download starts failing repeatedly around the halfway mark. I can retry and occasionally the retry gets a little further but it's impossible to finish downloading them. I think this might be because I'm downloading the highest quality versions, which are in the 15-20 gigabyte range. I have plenty of storage space and can download other videos on the site just fine (including some of the other large new content that's gone up recently, like the mario party).

I was unable to finish either vf_GOTY2018_DAY03_8000.mp4 or vf_GOTY2018_DAY04_8000.mp4. Sadly I didn't get any error messages, the download just showed up as 'failed' in firefox and would fail again eventually once I retried.

Some of the downloads are also unusually slow compared to others - from video to video it can vary from 1MB/s to 20+MB/s. It's pretty odd. The failing GOTY videos were both very slow until they stopped working.

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#2 Posted by katelyngadd (77 posts) -

Yeah, I can't see HD download links either. Weird that apparently the files are there?

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#3 Edited by katelyngadd (77 posts) -

One thing that occurred to me: Even if you undo everything to save the town, the bit where Max talks to Chloe (before letting her dad die) isn't ever undone. So she gets to leave that one extra mark on her friend's childhood. I think that's pretty neat.They messed up a lot about this episode but it still really worked for me. As a whole I liked this game a lot. They did a great job of avoiding false choices (where your decision has no impact or the game forces you to pick one thing) even though many of the choices were 'meaningless' in the sense that they had no long-term impact.

There's a weird disconnect later in the dream sequence because it's hard to tell whether other-Max is shitting on Max specifically or shitting on the player indirectly as well. It felt like it was probably intended to be a dissection of her personality flaws and the things that drive her, but it also felt a bit like Spec Ops-style 'look how terrible you are' guilt-tripping. Incidentally, that diner is full of NPCs that casually comment on small stuff you did.

Turning into Victoria in that hallways sequence really surprised me. Not sure what that was supposed to mean... was that different for other people? I just got Max in different outfits, plus Victoria. I think the map changes during the hallways bit is the detail that finally made the point of all that 'click' with me (though the glimpses of the fucked up Max & Jefferson alternate realities certainly were impactful)

Loved the mirror + keypad puzzle. Cute.

Oh yeah, and the Max & Jefferson stuff... I feel like maybe the implication there is that in some timelines, she sacrificed herself to keep him in check so he'd stop murdering people? I can't imagine any other explanation for that, but it kinda makes sense as one way to avert the ending where he kills a bunch of people. Pretty dark.

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#4 Posted by katelyngadd (77 posts) -

@aykay_47 said:

The only reason I bought Saints Row IV (and a lot of other titles) on the 360 was so that my brother and I could both play it without having to carefully fuck around with save files. If Valve really does this, there should never be another reason to buy the console version of a game available on PC. Can't wait.

Hm, can't you already do that with multiple user accounts on your PC? Or does Steam break that with their dedicated cloud save system and custom save management? All the PC games I've played in recent memory store their saves in my AppData or Documents folders, so I could give a sibling an account on my PC so they could have separate saves.

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#5 Posted by katelyngadd (77 posts) -


Maybe useless if you're the sort of person that plays games all the time, but I can allow my friend to play some single player games when I am at work or not about a vise versa without him needing my log in details

True enough, but as you mention that's possible already if you give him your steam credentials. That's why I say this is basically just multiple sign in. It doesn't really enable any new use scenarios, it just makes one or two slightly better.

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#6 Edited by katelyngadd (77 posts) -

The fact that it locks you out of ALL the games on your account makes it a pretty useless feature. I don't understand why they buried that detail in the FAQ instead of making it obvious: That is, this is basically just Valve finally adding a form of multiple sign in, so you can have your games accessible from multiple machines without them getting signed out, and nothing more. It barely addresses any of the use cases addressed by say, the family sharing mechanics Microsoft was promising for XBox One.

I'm not even sure why it has to work this way. I can understand some games not supporting this because publishers got antsy, but it's insane that I still have 100+ games on my account I've paid for, but I can only play them on one machine at a time, no matter what, because I get locked out of my steam account on other machines. My friends who want to play games while their husbands/wives play other games have to buy two copies or buy games outside of steam or use offline mode. It's nuts.

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#7 Posted by katelyngadd (77 posts) -

P.S. The kickstarter video is AMAZING and you should watch it. Twice.

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#8 Edited by katelyngadd (77 posts) -

EDIT: I should note that this appears to only affect the highest quality videos (4000kbps?) I tried the lower bitrates and they seem to be downloading very fast.

I'm also having a newly terrible experience with Akamai today. Tried FF and Chrome, and in both cases recently uploaded videos (Daily Dota, Bioforge) are downloading between 1-5KB/s on my 30+mbps cable.

Here's a tracert to v.giantbomb.com:

Tracing route to a1189.g2.akamai.net [] over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms

2 56 ms 22 ms 19 ms

3 29 ms 37 ms 32 ms te-0-0-0-13-ur06.santaclara.ca.sfba.comcast.net []

4 11 ms 15 ms 19 ms te-1-1-0-2-ar01.oakland.ca.sfba.comcast.net []

5 15 ms 13 ms 15 ms be-90-ar01.sfsutro.ca.sfba.comcast.net []

6 16 ms 23 ms 24 ms he-3-7-0-0-cr01.sanjose.ca.ibone.comcast.net []

7 17 ms 42 ms 18 ms be-12-pe02.11greatoaks.ca.ibone.comcast.net []

8 15 ms 22 ms 23 ms

9 16 ms 16 ms 17 ms

10 17 ms 15 ms 17 ms

Here's a tracert to cp198953.edgefcs.net:

Tracing route to a134.vi5g5.akafms.net []

over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms

2 * * * Request timed out.

3 9 ms 11 ms 10 ms te-0-0-0-13-ur06.santaclara.ca.sfba.comcast.net []

4 14 ms 15 ms 15 ms te-1-1-0-12-ar01.oakland.ca.sfba.comcast.net []

5 16 ms 15 ms 14 ms be-100-ar01.sfsutro.ca.sfba.comcast.net []

6 20 ms 25 ms 21 ms he-3-8-0-0-cr01.sanjose.ca.ibone.comcast.net []

7 16 ms 16 ms 16 ms pos-0-7-0-0-pe01.529bryant.ca.ibone.comcast.net []

8 18 ms 17 ms 17 ms a184-84-222-175.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com []


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#9 Posted by katelyngadd (77 posts) -

Oh good, the 'coming up' schedule is there, it just disappears when there's nothing to list.

@rafaelfc said:

Playing videos on an external monitor on a mac is fucking crap!!!!!!!!!!

It works like most mac external monitor applications where the main monitor becomes useless...

I immediately miss the old player.

watching videos on giantbomb for me now sucks...

That's not GiantBomb, that's your mac. Apple changed the way fullscreen works so anything that obeys their guidelines will do that. GB is using your browser's fullscreen feature, which is why it's doing that. The old player was probably using Flash (which I assume doesn't obey Apple's guidelines). Annoyingly enough, even Quicktime for Windows disables your other monitors. :/

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#10 Posted by katelyngadd (77 posts) -

What happened to the little schedule on the front page showing when stuff is going live on the site? I really liked that. :(

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