Save and Continue?

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!
I’ve seen many a play-through on YouTube of games. And most often than not, they never save their game for fear of the footage getting corrupted. They want to be able to go back and try it again.
I’m here to say that I don’t know how people can do that.
When I play a game, I can’t begin to count how many times I save, if I can. It always bothers me when a game only allows you save at certain points in the game. Then again, if I can save whenever I want, I abuse that power.
Take Paper Mario, for example. You only come across save blocks in certain parts of the game. Because you can’t save that often, every time I see one, I immediately┬ástop what I’m doing and go hit that block.
I’ll save, then go into the Toad House to heal, maybe buy a few items, and then save again. Because I’m that paranoid.
Then you’ve got Pokemon. I can save whenever I want, but I’m not really in any “dire” situations through most of the game. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t save right before a gym battle. Or, sometimes, right before a wild Pokemon encounter.
Then you’ve got a game like Ace Attorney. Kris and I are working our way through Spirit of Justice, and the other night I can’t begin to explain how many times we saved.
We were both tired, and I’ll admit that neither one of us was doing well at solving anything the game threw at us. Because of that, we were unsure of every move we made. So we saved the game probably every 2-3 minutes. Even on a good day, when we’re sure of ourselves, we still save right before answering because we’re afraid we’re going to get a penalty. We have five chances, but we like to be perfect… Edgeworth taught us that way back when.
And don’t even get me started on saving and then wondering, “Did it go through? I better save again just to be sure…”

Do you constantly save as I do? Or do you like to live dangerously and chance it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Readers Comments (15)

  1. I’m a saving fiend. You can never save too much! And if you can have multiple save slots, even better! Games where you can only save at certain areas drive me nuts. I was playing Chrono Trigger (or was it FFVI?) on the PS and I couldn’t find a save spot so I left my PS on when I went to work. I later realized you can save on the world map. ­čśé

    • You really can’t! Yeah, I’ve done that before. I’ve just plugged in my 3DS before and left it on without a second thought. Unless the power went out or something. Then that wouldn’t be good, lol.

  2. I definitely save a lot as well, but I’ve been playing old RPGs lately, and they’re ruthless! I once beat a boss and had literally walked one square away from the cave I had just exited before I was murdered by a really overpowered enemy. Having to go back to my save before fighting that boss felt like a huge slap in the face!!! Now my motto is, “Save Constantly or Face Doom”.

  3. I also save often, sometimes several times in a row just in case. I hate losing progress. It’s happened before, either by forgetting to save and getting a game over, or losing game data through file corruption. It’s really scary, especially for longer games, which is why I always make sure to save often and take care of my cartridges and memory cards. I sometimes get wary when playing games with autosaves simply because I can never be sure that it’s saving everything up to the point I’ve been playing. I prefer being able to make manual saves or better yet, a combination of auto and manual saves.

    • I save multiple times at once as well. You just never know with technology. And yeah, the auto saves scare me because I don’t know if it actually worked or not.

  4. I pretty much save constantly. Every time I get to a save point in, say, an RPG, I will save, go through my inventory, optimize armor, do any crafting, save, then save one more time, and then carry on. I guess that’s a probably a little bit overkill but I am paranoid of losing progress! There’s nothing worse to me than losing progress, then it turns into a scramble to get back to where I left off.

    • I agree with you. I do the same thing. Like I said in my post, in Paper Mario, I’ll save, heal and buy items or whatever, then save again. It probably is overkill, but I don’t care, lol.

  5. I saved all the time when I played games.

  6. If i’m given the power, I’m saving every moment I can. More notably in games like Mass Effect and Witcher where stories outcomes can come off differently. I’m not ashamed to say that if I encounter dialogue and see multiple choices, I reload and see each outcome and then pick which one I like best ­čśÇ

    • Haha! I do that too. Like in Ace Attorney when there are options, I always save so I can choose the right one. Then I save before presenting any evidence.

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