According to a recent survey by Kwalee, 1 in 10 gamers admit they would rather see their whole house destroyed, before losing their ‘save game data’! Now I personally think that’s a bit extreme, but I do know of many who feel the same.
According to the research 1 in 10 gamers also said they would rather their car was crushed, or even that their wedding ring was destroyed (ouch).
But why is game save data so important to some?
Well, as any gamer will know, to play a great game is to enter another world. In these virtual worlds, we dedicate hours to learning and honing skills, we experience things and achieve things which we’re very proud of.
We record all of our experiences, developments and achievements as well as the realities we create, via save game data, which is why us gamers are filled with a sense of horror at the very thought of losing it.
Speaking about her experience with losing game progress, Dinara, said
Back in 2015, I had long been awaiting the release of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and made sure I was amongst the first to get my hands on it and play. I was glued to the game, sinking hours into completing everything and was around 95% through the game, when my boyfriend tried to free up space on our external hard drive to install the new Call of Duty.
Long story short, he accidentally selected ‘delete all’ and wiped everything, including my game, from the hard drive. I was speechless. I didn’t even have the power to be angry and couldn’t speak to him for days. It’s been almost five years and I still can’t bring myself to pick up the game again, and haven’t completed an Assassin’s Creed game since!”
What else did the survey find?
Kwalee’s study also revealed other areas that help to describe how important gaming is to us all, with further findings including that more gamers remember how to defeat an end of level boss in a video game than remember what their actual boss set as their targets/KPIs at work (17% vs. 5%).
What about you?
Have you ever had an unfortunate experience with game save data? Would you go as far as to say you’d rather see your house burn? Let us know.
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