RE: The Walking Dead.
Copy and pasted from the Steam forums: (Skip quote for current issue)
I purchased the game yesterday, and after some hiccups I thought I had it fixed.
Originally the game launched in a window at a very low resolution, not a huge deal. Changed it to 1920 x 1080/Fullscreen and relaunched, the game proceeded to crash. Subsequent restarts merely got a "Preparing to launch...", the game supposedly launching (My status on Steam changed to being in game), but nothing happening. About 10 seconds later my status went back to online. Do this about 5 times and the game will finally launch, once again in a window at low resolution. Switching settings and not relaunching, I decided I would just deal with it in the future and played through Episode 1 and part of Episode 2.
Fast forward to this morning, and the same issue is back with the resolution (Ugh.), but even worse, my save game is now gone. I'm extremely frustrated right now after spending $25 on this, without it even remotely functioning properly. Tried the save fix of moving the pref.prop to the Steam folder, but since that relies on you doing that every time you launch, and it breaks every launch, it would equal spending about 10 minutes just to launch the game once. And I'm not even sure if it would work. It didn't work, trying it just now.
EDIT: Running it as an admin seems to fix the crashing, now just trying to figure out how to recover my save...
EDIT2: I lied. Still crashing.
EDIT3: Running it in compatibility mode for Windows 98/ME seems to have fixed the crashing. Hopefully it stays fixed.
Save is still MIA though...
EDIT4: After even more digging (More ughs.), it seems I might be screwed entirely in terms of the save. Apparently if you crash your preferences can get corrupted, and since the saves and preferences are linked, your saves are, for all intents and purposes, lost, even if the actual saves are still there.
Seems like very, very poor design to me. Anyone who has a similar combination of issues, beware of playing through until your crashes are resolved, I suppose.
Currently the game is functioning now that I'm running both with compatibility mode for Windows 98/Me as well as running it as an admin every time, but the in game visuals are all sorts of messed up. The game locks up, causing the audio to stutter fairly frequently (Even worse when there's a lot of action going on. Escaping with Shawn and Chet from the zombies in Episode 1 was tantamount to watching a fancy Powerpoint with bad audio). All of the animations during conversation seem to be skipping frames as well, at certain times. It's bizarre because certain characters will appear to be playing at 15 frames per second while a character idling in the background performs normally.
I'm very close to requesting a refund from Steam. I think I've spent more time trying to get the game to work than actually playing the game.
EDIT: A rough video I just threw together. Ironically, it's the smoothest the game has run since I fixed the crashing. Choppity chop. The choppiness in the beginning is usually the norm.