Stadia and the Future of Cloud Gaming (Thought’s from a Network/Systems Administrator)

Stadia being announced at GDC2019

This morning Google announced and talked about Stadia, Google’s new video gaming streaming platform at GDC2019.

I lightly talked about game streaming about five months ago when XBox announced some details about their Project xCloud and Google wrapped up their public testing of Assassins Creed Odyssey being able to played in Chrome in my podcast.

As I said in my podcast, I’m not totally surprised that this is happening. Google has the key components to make this happen (as does Microsoft and possibly Amazon):

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A Whole Lot of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Going On – The Week

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This weeks “The Week” started out as a combination of a review of the Warcraft movie and all the usual tidbits that make up my week.  It got too long and frankly I wanted to spend more talking about AWS.

Infrastructure Update

Powered by AWS Cloud Computing If you notice at the top right of the page there’s a link to “Community Forum” and suffice to say that it was in perpetual maintenance mode for the better part of the last few months.  The main reason it was offline was due to spammers and the inability to reset your password via email.  After cleaning out the boards of posts for pills and what not, I was trying to see why the I forgot my password function wasn’t working.  Low an behold, the hosting company (GoDaddy) didn’t allow the php mail() function to work.  I decided to enable sending email via SMTP using AWS Simple Email Service.  After finding one document pointing at how to do this with phpBB, errors of being unable to connect to the SES servers.  WTF?!? I was able to find documentation about flipping a switch to allow external SMTP hosts to be accessible, but that never ended up working for me.  So onto the cloud.

After doing quite a bit of digging, I was able to find information on the best ways to go about getting an instance spooled up, connected to a MySQL RDS instance in a VPC, secured, migrating the forum from GoDaddy to AWS, and finally making sure that mail was able to be sent out when using the forgotten password function.  I have to say that compared to when the forum was running on GoDaddy, things feel more responsive and snappy.   Continue reading “A Whole Lot of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Going On – The Week”