Last night, I looked over at my closed Nintendo DS and saw that the lights were off. It was strange, I thought, because they had been on for about a week, and I didn't remember turning off the game. Confused, I picked up the DS, turned it on, and watched as the screen flickered, the red light flashed, and the device turned off. After letting it charge for a few minutes and turning on Dragon Quest IX, which I had put nearly 30 hours in to, I saw something that literally made me feel light headed: the time counter was back at 23 hours. I had lost nearly eight hours of play because I had, for no reason, just let my DS sit there instead of making sure I had saved. I started thinking back, and realized that this wasn't the first time something like that had happened to be, but it was the first time I felt guilty about it.
The last time something like this had happened was in Halo 3: ODST. For whatever reason, Bungie's "checkpoints" didn't actually save progress. Instead, you need to hit save and quit, something that lead to me replaying the same few missions a few times. Thinking back, there are likely at least another dozen times this has happened to me, sometimes at no fault of my own, and other times with no one to blame but myself. Often, this leads to me being frustrated, and sometimes not even finishing the game.
Over the years, this sort of thing has happened less and less. Game designers are able to fill their games with autosaves, checkpoints, and a number of other safety measures to make sure that players don't need to replay sections unless they want to. Still, every so often, something goes wrong, and it's one of the more frustrating things about gaming. It's not a problem most of the time, but when it is...
It made me wonder how many others have made these same mistakes, and if anyone had any stories about times they've lost progress in a game and, more importantly, if they ever ended up going back and finishing the game. Post your own stories in the comment section below, and be sure to make fun of everyone else (myself included) for getting upset about playing video games.