I just purchased the original The Stanley Parable, so I can try the game out for myself without having to... go on some sketchy website and download it.

After purchasing it, I installed the game, booted the game up, and it was playing fine, until a few minutes later when it suddenly froze. No error messages, it just crashes without a reason.

Trying to find out why it crashes, I ran Steam using the terminal, so I can see the log. But unfortunately, no error messages showed up when the game froze.

After some digging around on the Internet, I tried out a few workarounds like:

  • Setting the game to a lower resolution
  • Deleting the bin/libstdc++.so.6

But still, nothing changed. The game still freezes after few minutes of playing.

I'm guessing this is a problem with the Source engine that the original game was written in, because The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is built using Unity, and it launched and worked just fine, without any sort of issue.

Or it might just be because my computer is missing some weird dependencies which the game requires. I mean, it is a 9 years old game now, so maybe it's so old that it might need some patch. So what might this problem be?


  • Steam was installed from FlatHub

System information:

  • Model: Dell 0R2XKN
  • CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-7020U CPU @ 2.30GHz
  • OS: Freedesktop.org SDK 22.08 (Flatpak runtime) (64 bit)
  • GPU: On-board Intel Mesa Intel(R) HD Graphics 620 (KBL GT2F)
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 500 GB SSD
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    The Ultra Deluxe version use Unity instead of Source.
    – Quan
    Dec 31, 2022 at 12:09
  • Are you running it via Proton? Deleting bin/libstdc++.so.6 is only recommended if you're running native, according to the ProtonDB page: protondb.com/app/221910
    – Dr-Bracket
    Jan 11, 2023 at 7:32
  • I'm running the game natively, and I've already tried deleting the file, but it did no help. Also I read that it's used to fix the game hang up on startup, not hang up after few minutes of playing
    – Quan
    Jan 12, 2023 at 11:29
  • Does the game work if you play via Proton?
    – Dr-Bracket
    Jan 12, 2023 at 15:07
  • well yeah, it does work
    – Quan
    Jan 14, 2023 at 4:59

1 Answer 1


Per the question comments, OP confirmed the game runs if played via Proton

  • Upvoted, but this still does not explain the game's behaviour.
    – Joachim
    Oct 11, 2023 at 13:52
  • Agreed, the essential question appears to be, "Why does it freeze?" (phrased as, "So what might this problem be?"), though it's buried in the middle of the full question text.
    – Corrodias
    Oct 16, 2023 at 9:12

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