|Even if I like the game in question|
I once put over a dozen hours into Assassin's Creed II. I loved what I played, dug the missions especially and even enjoyed completing all of the side nonsense. I don't remember how far into the game I got, but a message popped up on my TV screen as the game autosaved. Something about corrupt data. I thought nothing of it because I figured there would be other autosaves. None of them took, though.
When I booted up the game later on, it didn't load my data. In fact, all of my data was gone. All of those hours were gone. Everything I worked for was gone.
I haven't restarted AC2 since that incident, and I probably never will.
This occurred to me on a number of occasions. Either something happens to my computer or one of my consoles that prevents me from finishing a title, and I end up abandoning it. Sometimes my save file goes corrupt and I have to take everything from the top. When I'm able to jump back into the fray, I find myself dragging my feet. However, lately I've starting dragging myself kicking and screaming so I can scrub more games off my backlog. It's either that or stare at their names in my spreadsheet file for several more years.
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|honestgamer - June 25, 2018 (11:58 PM)
I know how you feel, I think. I got a good part of the way through Kingdom Hearts on PS2 and then lost interest. So I revisited it on the PS3 and made it further. I was seeing genuinely new things again, finally. Then my PS3 wouldn't boot up for more than a few seconds. It was toast. I lost my save but bought a new PS3. That one quickly died, as well. I now have a working one that has endured, but I haven't dared start Kingdom Hearts over again. And there was another big game I put 60 hours into that also fell to the broken PS3. I also had my first platinum trophy, only it didn't sync with the server before my PS3 died so... nothing. And I almost had another platinum, for Witch & The Hundred Knight, except I couldn't find the last .01% of a map somewhere that had to be explored to earn the final trophy. So I've had bad luck too, and there are so many other games to play that I fear I'm unlikely to ever go back to any of them. Especially the slogs.
|overdrive - June 26, 2018 (12:54 PM)
When I bought Final Fantasy IX, I'd made it to the final dungeon. I also knew that in blasting through the game, there was a bunch of stuff I'd missed (for example, the optional book boss you can encounter during a mid-game trip to Alexandria Castle) and I hadn't really done much of the optional mini-game stuff, so I had plans to play through it again. Anyway, one night, I wasn't in the mood to tackle the final dungeon and its bosses, so I figured, "What the hell; I'll start my new playthrough and finish the old one some Saturday or Sunday when I have a free day!".
Guess what happened and who saved their new game DIRECTLY OVER THE OLD ONE. Guess who never tried anything like that again.
|sashanan - June 27, 2018 (10:37 AM)
On PC, hardware failure has sometimes cost me my saves, and only on some of the games did I restart - and even then not usually right away, needed to cool down first. Fallout 3 and Mass Effect 2 both got their restart. Dungeon Siege, original Fallout and Warcraft 3 haven't yet, and it has been years on all of them.
To combat my dislike of restarting I've at least cleaned up my gaming habits such that I don't play a dozen games at once and end up abandoning more than half. But technical issues can never be completely taken out of the picture. Over the years, I've had a hard drive dying on a laptop and a video card on my desktop - the latter wouldn't have taken my save except that, while trying to figure out why it no longer booted, I ran a recovery that took everything on the C: drive. So my saves were lost through my own unnecessary action. That was painful.
|overdrive - June 28, 2018 (07:04 AM)
Oooh, yeah. Hardware failure. A few years ago, I'd decided to make a run at Balder's Gate II on my Mac. I got up to the Spellhold dungeon and was working through it (after doing virtually anything a person could do in Chapter 2 without needing the extra levels and weaponry and armor you get in Spellhold, the Sahaguin City and the Underdark)...and my computer died. There are times I think of restarting it on my older laptop (that has a CD slot, with my newer one, I'd have to buy it again via Steam or somewhere), but I'm just so emotionally broken after that I haven't had the heart to try...