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Yeah, I think I have a similar problem. The search doesn't find older stuff. I've been trying to watch the Contradiction: Spot the Liar playdates, but searching for "Contradiction" or even "Playdate: Contradiction" doesn't return any hits.

Fresh install so shouldn't be an app cache issue?

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My app has recently crapped out in a big way. It will start playing video streams normally, but then at some point during the video I'll get a popup saying "Error: Video Could Not Be Decoded" and playback will stop.

It might be related to the latest Xbox One Dashboard betas, since I'm on the insider track and my Dashboard was updated a few days ago. Anything I can do to help debug this?

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@mirado said:

@soralapio: Have you tried using VLC? Copy the desired quality download link (HD, I'd assume), open VLC, feed the link (something like "Open Network" or "Network Stream" under either "File" or "Open Source"), and see how it plays.

It's still going to pull from the same servers (I assume?) so it won't fix that problem, but it should take all browser related issues out of the picture.

No difference, but it's still a good diagnostic tool for precisely that reason, so thanks for the suggestion. The problem seems to be that data is coming extremely patchily. With Resource Monitor on my transfers occasionally jump to ~3500 KB/s, but then immediately drop off altogether. So for whatever reason I can't get stuff reliably and steadily from the streaming server. It'd be really nice to know why.

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This is still a problem. I'm trying to watch the Galgun quick look at HTML5/High settings and it's pausing every 10-15 seconds for a good while to buffer.

I essentially can't use the site right now.

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#5  Edited By soralapio

For the past week or so, I've been unable to stream much of anything from Giant Bomb. I've traditionally watched the HD versions of your streams, and they've been fine. Not anymore, though. I get constant freezes and stutters because the transfer can't keep up. Today I dropped my viewing resolution to high, which seemed to help for a while, but now I can't stream reliably even at that resolution.

I have a fast connection at home (a 100 Mbit connection, about 7-8 megs / second realistic speeds) and I'm able to stream fine from many other sites like Twitch, Netflix and YouTube even at the highest settings, so I'm assuming the problem is somewhere along the path to Amazon's video servers or something. I've tried various browsers, I've tried the HTML5 player, the streaming player and the progressive player. None of it really helps.

I realize this is a really hard problem to debug and fix, especially since it very well may not be a problem at Giant Bomb's end at all but in one of the many steps on the way. So I'm not expecting you to magically solve this or anything, and I'm mostly bringing it to your attention since apparently I'm not alone with my problem. Are the any traces or something I could run in hopes of trying to pinpoint the issue?

(I was told to tag @rick here!)

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#7  Edited By soralapio

Sorry to see you go, Dave. The relationship between the community and the design team and the transparency you were constantly promoting is a large part of what made Giant Bomb so unique and amazing. Never hearing "Dave, site's down" again makes me sad. At the same time you're doing it for the best of reasons so good luck to you and your family, and I wish you all the best.

And we get a silver lining too. Matt Rorie is back! Yay!

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#9  Edited By soralapio

@UltorOscariot said:

Man, I feel really bad for the people who are going to have their names attached to this thing

We need an Alan Smithee for the game industry. I propose "Derek Smart".

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#10  Edited By soralapio

When I'm not tooling around on the Internet or making my indie games (see my earlier blog entries), I study computer science with an emphasis on game development and more specifically interactive storytelling. The Walking Dead was my favourite game of the year and in my opinion one of the best examples of how games can tell uniquely effective and gripping stories in a way other mediums can't touch.

I was so impressed with the game that I wrote a 10+ page essay on why and how The Walking Dead does such a great job. The essay was originally for a university course on interactive storytelling, so it can get a bit academical but I tried to keep the tone light and readable. That's just how I roll.

Anyway, great game, and if someone gets something out of this essay, great. Either way, let me know what you thought! Read it at: http://haxor.fi/~ml/published/ACaseStudyTheWalkingDead.pdf