I just downloaded The Stanley Parable Demo from Steam ... Everything was running fine until I clicked Start Game, after that, a loading screen came up and it took me to a black page and wouldn't change. I don't know what is wrong.

  • Did you install the game on the same disk as your Operating System (which is probably C:) or did you install it on another disk ?
    – WizLiz
    Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 6:56
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    I was really hoping this question was, 'I started the demo and it is stuck forever on the title screen?' lol
    – Colin
    Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 8:20
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    Could possibly be a bad install. Did you try re-installing it?
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 12:32
  • Have you had any luck re-installing? You should also note that the Loading page takes quite a remarkable amount of time for such a small game. Usually it takes me at least a few minutes to get the whole thing loaded up, and it could be even longer with an even older computer.
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Oct 24, 2013 at 13:03

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I know this question is old and maybe already solved, but just for others out there reading this:

I also had the problem that I could only see the menu background and nothing else. No reaction to pressing keys or clicking.

Just exit Steam and restart it again. Then open up your game. Should be fixed now. :)


It seems funny, but I thought I was stuck because of the opening.

For others: Just start moving your character while looking at the title screen.


I had this problem as well. In my case it was some weird corruption on my steam client -- I deleted a file and it worked. Not finding it right now but this link may help.

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