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Fuzzball Dec 14, 2013 @ 3:09pm
Updated game has screen tearing/"VCR" effect. Is this normal?
Played this game for the first time in a while today, saw the new launcher and tried the updated game. I've noticed though as I run around levels there is this is odd screen tearing effect, where a horizontal line scrolls down the screen and causes the visuals to judder along it. It kind of reminds me of that similar looking effect you'd get on old recorded VCR tapes.

This effect occurs whetner I have v-sync on or off, and if I run the game either with my NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX or integrated graphics card. It doesn't occur in the old version of the game.

Does anyone else get this? I'm wondering if it's a deliberate effect, seeing as it kind of goes with the game's old-styled, disorientating vibe. But it is rather off-putting. If a visual bug, what could be causing it? The change of screen resolution? I'm now running the game in 1920x1080, but in the old game the resolution is never that (I can tell because the Steam overlay isn't normal sized).
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Skymirrh Dec 14, 2013 @ 4:45pm 
Original resolution is 1280*720. I didn't notice any difference between the two, could you take a screenshot of both, verify there's still a difference and show us? :)
Comrade Doggo Dec 14, 2013 @ 6:41pm 
Im also expereicning the screen tearing, it wasnt like this before. It must be a bug present in this new update.
Eno Dec 15, 2013 @ 2:38am 
Seems that this behavior is normal.
I am annoyed too:

in a screenshot the lines are visible but not flickering of course. I think you just have to get used to it.
Axmill Dec 24, 2013 @ 11:55am 
the game doesent do thats its just the logos
Eno Dec 24, 2013 @ 2:20pm 
I have that in logos and ingame too.
no it`s in the game too.
Skymirrh Dec 24, 2013 @ 3:40pm 
This happens when game is upscaled from its original 1280*720 resolution... It may or may not happen depending on your graphics card (it's not happening on my desktop but it is on my laptop).
Captain Yesterday Dec 26, 2013 @ 4:22pm 
Try turning on V-sync. That fixed it for me.
Fuzzball Dec 29, 2013 @ 6:20am 
Originally posted by Captain Yesterday:
Try turning on V-sync. That fixed it for me.

As I said, it occurs whether v-sync is on or off.

OK, I had a little play around with settings and have discovered that this screen tearing effect does not occur in the old version of the game, or when the updated version is in windowed mode. However, on a fullscreen updated game play session, it occurs very often. It also still occurs when I set the reslution to 1280x720. What could be the explanation for this?

Unfortunately I am unable to show you a screenshot of the effect, as it doesn't seem to appear on screenshots. All the stills I took did not show the effect, even though it is quite noticeable when the game is moving. Weird.
Geoffrey St. John Jan 30, 2014 @ 12:49pm 
I'm seeing this as well. Weird looking, I wonder what causes this.
its normal. they added that effect to make it looks old school like its on a vcr tv
Fuzzball Feb 4, 2014 @ 2:07pm 
Originally posted by Doge:
its normal. they added that effect to make it looks old school like its on a vcr tv

Well that's good to hear it's intentional, even if I'm not a big fan of it. Is there a post somewhere where the developers mention it?

I do wonder though, as it only seems to occur as you're moving on screen. When you halt, it stops. Ah well, I'm overthinking things.
I'm also having this issue. It's really annoying and it's not a part of the "old school vcr"-effect. It's a horizontal screen-tearing line that messes up the palm trees in the main menu and it is also there when you play the game. It appears all the way across the screen.
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Date Posted: Dec 14, 2013 @ 3:09pm
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