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Steel Gear

A re-creation and re-imagining of the NES/MSX version of Metal Gear · By clintmich

Probable bug after rescuing Ellen

A topic by generalgenius created Jun 22, 2021 Views: 73 Replies: 1
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I just realized I should probably be putting any problems I note in the Bug Reports section. 

I had rescued Ellen and was on my way back to talk to the good Doctor Pettrovich for a second time, and was just passing by the outdoor area where a few dogs attack from the clearing to the east. Right after I finished kicking them down, the game screen went completely black, though the music continued. No sound effects occurred after that, either. I couldn't even right-click on the taskbar tab for the game to close it; I had to "end task" from the Windows Task Manager, which said the Steel Gear process was not responding (despite the music still going).

I don't think I mentioned this before, but including all my prior reports as well, I've been playing in windowed mode with resolution 1152x864, on a 1920x1080 laptop screen. Other in-game graphics settings I'm using:

VSync: off

FPS: Unlimited

View distance: high

The remaining graphics options below that are all set to medium.

Side note: why the heck haven't I been playing in 1600x900? It fits on my screen just fine, and is bigger so I can see more and the submenu options aren't crammed together.  I really didn't spend enough time getting the resolution just right...

Edit: I may have found an explanation for the graphical problems I've been having. I noticed that Task Manager was showing my CPU at ~37% and my GPU up around 75% usage while Steel Gear is running. Just on a hunch, I checked my CPU temps. Sure enough, they were in the 80-100°C range for all 8 CPU cores. So it's possible that my laptop's running into heat/thermal issues when running the game, which may affect the graphical stability.

Not sure what could have caused that black screen. But temps on the CPU may have been the cause like you said. I will do a little digging and see if I can re produce the issue. Thanks for the heads up.