I found SAVED_LAB_02G and it was at '4'
changing it to three worked, thanks for your time!
Ok, I picked up the eyeless body, the "fog" and monster showed up, played the third tape and saved, then it went back to normal, the door is shut, and the only thing to interact with are the notes and doors, as well as the two blind monsters in that one room.
I'm pretty sure when you get into Dr.Brundles office and pick up the eyeless corpse, the red eye'd monster show up. It gets darker and foggy, and the door with the retina scan should open on it's own. At this point I hadn't played the tape or saved so instead of going to the door I went back, and after I went back into the Lab it was no longer darker. The monsters were gone, the office was already picked open, I have the body, and the door is shut.
Also I doubt it would matter but it was past 12 when I was playing, and when I tried restarting I played midnight mode instead.
To sum it up I have the body, but the door is shut.
I think I ran into another problem, I'm at the first point with a retina scan, and I've triggered what should have opened the door. I ended up playing a tape and saving, then everything went back to normal and the door was shut. I've gone through the rooms a number of times, and restarted the game, but i can't seem to progress. This is all after I picked up the item that should trigger the door, I'm wondering if i spent too much time walking around, or if walking back ended the event.
One of the users, Deviantel seemed to have a similar issue, where he F4'ed out of the game after that save point and either corrupted or erased his save. And I crashed out of the game at that point and had the same thing happen to my save data.
I think the games great , plenty of spooks, i was just salty when i thought the game was making me replay the whole thing over.
Hopefully it doesn't happen again though, and i can finish it, thanks for reading comments and making an otherwise awesome game.
That's the thing, for some reason I had the same text and i started with the dog again. This was the situation:
The game crashed on the game over screen, then i changed the graphics to "stylized" from "low", then I couldn't continue, and my new game actually started a new game. And this happened after that save point, so i thought it'd have something to do with it, my bad.
So, is the bit where your data is erased actually intentional, because i cannot continue and new game actually booted a new game. And a video i watched had the game continue as normal after they pressed new game.
If the intent was to erase save data in order to make something more harrowing, the only thing this did for me was be annoying and waste a lot of time.