What two posts in one day from the original recluse himself. Yeah but this one is important.
No matter what do NOT download Stubbs the Zombie from Valve's Steam service.
See I bolded, italicized, and underlined; so you know I mean business. But seriously, this game is broken. I downloaded it because, hey it was like five bucks, and seemed like an amusing concept. But every time I try to load it up the game all I see is flattened out mess. The width seems proper but the height is restricted the mid quarter of my monitor. Flatter than a sandwich that was sat on by a fat man. Can't even hit the windows key to exit out, fortunately game developers have a habit of putting the "Quit Game" option at the bottom of the game menu, so through blind guessing I was able to escape that horror. I've tried deleting and re-downloading the local files, updating my drivers (they were already up to date), and trying all manner of options in compatibility mode. Nothing.
The most promising results I've had was when I checked the "run in 640x480 resolution" option in compatibility mode. And it worked, menus were suddenly manageable. Granted large portions of the screen were cut off due to 800x600 being the lowest resolution supported, so blind menu navigation was still necessary in some spots. But I figured if I could change the resolution in the options menu it would work out. WRONG, after setting the option to my desired resolution the game says that it must restart the game for the changes to take place; annoying but fairly normal. Restarting the game only seems to reset the options menu to default settings.
I was a little hot at that point. So I sent a complaint to Aspyr's support staff.Their response: your graphics card and OS may not be compatible. Try running the game in Windows 98/ME compatibility mode and updating your drivers. But remember compatibility with a GeForce 8600 GT is not 100% guaranteed.
Here are a few outside facts for the sake of perspective:
The GeForce 7800 is listed among compatible cards. An 8600 is but one generation removed from the 7800. I can understand them saying screw you five-ten years down the road, but come on; if a game can't make it through the next generation of GPUa then it has some serious problems. The brings me to my next fact.
I downloaded the ID Super Pack from Steam. Freaking Ultimate Doom, a DOS game, runs better through an emulator than Stubbs ever has.
So yeah, I'm totally buying the whole XP SP3 is too modern and an 8600 GT too obscure argument. :roll:
I suppose I could try writing a script or something to force the resolution of Stubbs to something usable. But according to the Steam forums I'd only have more problems to look forward to. So it's likely not worth the effort. I'd rather the developer clean up their own mess.
For your own good stay away.