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What’s the most time you’ve invested into a video game? 30 hours? 50 hours? 500 hours? A lot of gamers have put a ton of time into games they love and while that many hours may sound ridiculous or inconceivable to some, many of the games you can dump the most hours into are single-player or co-op experiences. The problem with having such a time investment in games like that is the unfortunate end result of your save being corrupted or some other game-breaking glitch that makes continuing next to impossible.
As a gamer, I don’t generally put in that many hours into games. However, single-player files being deleted and data corruption can happen even a dozen hours into a story and that’s the worst. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve put in 300-plus hours into games like Borderlands 2 and never had a problem with saves at all, but I’ve experienced the dread of save deletion and it’s not pretty. Like many others, it’s happened to me with Battlefield 4. As many of you know, Battlefield 4 has had some serious problems and one of the worst issues has been how save files for the story mode tend to vanish from your console.
Of course once this happens, you have two choices. One is to say “Screw this,” and simply never complete the main campaign, especially difficult if you’re a completionist or a Trophy whore. The other is to start all over and play through everything you’ve already done so far. This is a drag when the story isn’t compelling to begin with or it has tedious elements that you hated to scrape your way through the first time, let alone another go through. Regardless of which choice you make, it sucks. It’s easily one of the worst problems you can run into as a gamer.
Let’s not pretend that these issues are limited to Battlefield 4. Gamers have experienced these types of woes across many games, including the aforementioned Borderlands 2. I can’t even begin to imagine how pissed off I’d be if I put 500 hours into an experience only to have it disappear without any way to get it back. Sure, you can back your saves up or use the invisible cloud, but how many of us really do that? I’m going to guess it’s the minority of us. It just doesn’t feel like it’s ever going to happen to you until it does.
When it comes to a Gamer Monday experience, this is easily up there with some of the most annoying and unfortunate scenarios in gaming. Has this ever happened to you before? If so, how many hours in were you? Did you just quit playing? We’d love to hear about your misfortunes below, so feel free to share!