Probably not normal... The -debug does add some overhead, but it shouldn't be THAT bad.
Can you post the vmware.log of when that was happening? (or the whole log bundle from Help > collect support information)
Will do. Last night it was even at 100% CPU when the VM was suspended.
It looks like the extra 100% CPU was due to Steam running inside the guest. After uninstalling Steam and Deus Ex, the running utilization in Activity Monitor dropped to ~20% and has stayed there.
So, maybe this is a Steam vs Metal issue? Come to think of it, I'll reinstall Steam and then compare Metal vs OpenGL.
Steam usually downloads the game updates & DLCs on the background, it is possible to spike the CPU usage during background sessions.
I am having the same issue - the "vmware-vmx" is taking 100% of each assigned core to given VM - in my case 200% CPU under Windows 10 64-bit @ 2 cores. The HW Version is set to "Tech Preview 2017".
I've retrieved a little over 100MB of the Support Information (VMware Fusion Problem Report 2017-08-15 at 17.23.26.zip), but what next?