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Do you back up your save games?

Do you back up the save files of your favorite games?

  • Yes, religiously. I even backup my backups.

  • Yes, but I rely on cloud save services or other automatic backups for that.

  • Only sometimes do I back up my saves, like for the best games.

  • Almost never. If I lose them I lose them.

  • Nope, not ever. I like to live on the edge!


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Ed123

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I do the same. You never know when you might want to reload an old save after losing a debate with Gregz.
 

DalekFlay

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Nope, never. If I ever play the game again, I'll start over from the start anyway. I don't really see the point.

Obvious exception is if I reformat in the middle of playing something.
 

JDR13

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Almost never. The only exception might be for games that restrict you to a single save and automatically overwrite it.

Even then, it's rare for me to back up saves. I think the last time I did it was for Vampyr.
 
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people who don't do backups are weird

of save files for games you don't ever plan to play again? only autists do that
like 2 in 3 RPGs have sequels where you can import a prior save to affect the gameworld

What was the last game that allowed this, Wizardry 8 in 2001? Modern RPGs don't do that
off the top of my head?
Witcher 3.

actually, deadfire is more recent
 

Grauken

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people who don't do backups are weird

of save files for games you don't ever plan to play again? only autists do that
like 2 in 3 RPGs have sequels where you can import a prior save to affect the gameworld

What was the last game that allowed this, Wizardry 8 in 2001? Modern RPGs don't do that
off the top of my head?
Witcher 3.

actually, deadfire is more recent

Ok, these are legitimate reasons to keep save files, but other than that I don't see the need
 

asfasdf

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I have a dozen golden discs sealed in a vacuum chamber with laser alarms and stuff. Each one contains every single savegame I made in the last 30 years.
 

AArmanFV

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I only have two memory cards, so if I have to delete some file I just deal with it. It still have my saves of Crash Bandicoot from my youth though (almost 15 years now, time passes quickly)

When I played Darklands I started to back them up after a bug almost killed my progress. I also back up saves of games that allows to transfer your party, to not lose the characters before starting a playthrough.
 

Bigg Boss

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Only for something like a LP.
 

RobotSquirrel

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I do it for Deus Ex mostly because it has a limit on how many saves you can have so I'm forced to back them up normally around Area 51. I save scum a bit too much with GMDX.
For most other games no because they're either too short for me to care or they're more fun if I start over.

Save management is one of those things that drives me crazy in modern games because as times gone on the reliability of games has gotten worse.
Where it was originally fine to just give the player 10 save slots because normally you could do 1 save per level, now you're saving in the off chance the game bugs out or crashes. So limited saves is just silly.

I like games that have character sheet exporters so I don't have to re-do character creation every time if the game supports that I usually back those up. Frankly not enough games do this. Its just nice because if you spent a lot of time perfecting a character's look or backstory its nice to not have to go through all that again. Xcom 2 did this really well for example, I even loved that you could bring characters you made as random recruits. I nearly always back up characters if it lets me.

I think everyone can agree however that Omikron had by far the worst save system of any game period and its almost a requirement to cheat just to bypass how bad that save system is.
 

mondblut

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Only for roguelikes :smug:
 

Falksi

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I just keep all my old hard drives in a dedicated room, along with my copies of 90's porn & dead mother.
 

aweigh

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depends on the game. if it's something i can finish in 10-15 hours what's the point? but if it's a long ass game i will make a back up every 10 hours or so and copy/paste to another one of my drives.
 
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