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William Benjamin John Davis (SinbadEV)
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Inspired by my son's seeming inability to not "accidentally" start new games and save them over existing saved games and lose hours or days of progress.

Advice to Video Game developers in regards to saving.

Rule 0: If your game doesn't allow saving or intentionally limits saving in some way for some kind of challenge or hard core mode: make sure this is made clear up front... like, before I download or purchase the game.
Rule 1: Always let the player save. I don't care if it's mid-cut-scene or on a menu six levels deep... let the player save. As a parent I want to be able to wrest the controller from my child's hand at a moments notice (or drop the controller to deal with an emergency) without having to take more than a moment to save.
Rule 2a: If your game only has only one save slot: Don't make "New Game" an option... Just have "Start" or "Continue". Make "delete existing save game" an option in some settings menu.
Rule 2b: If your game has multiple save slots make it possible for players to easily differentiate between them. Give them a screenshot, a "date/time started", "total play time", "date/time last played", a brief indication of progress made, and the ability to name the save itself.
Rule 2c: If your game auto-saves make sure it keeps the last couple of states... not just the most recent "let's save the game right before you die" and let people manually save if they want to.
Rule 3: Come up with a way for saving not to seem scary... "Are you sure you want to overwrite the existing save file?" is scary... if you did Rule 2a properly the only time save related actions should be scary is if you are deleting a save file.
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It could be cheating if the game is some kind of test of stamina... and there are cases where multiple saves interrupt the game-as-experience (being able to go back to before you made a poor choice and make a different one makes you less invested in those choices)... otherwise I agree... and if your game considers saving or pausing to be cheating I want to know this so I can decide if, as a parent, I'm willing to commit to it the way the you want me to.
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I predict the next big "toys to life game" will be a Transformers game where you actually transform your Transformer toy in order for it to transform in game.
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h/t +CircleCount

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That's very subtle.
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My rate of bots adding me seems to have gone up... but in a curious development, I noticed that one of them had 70 other people in their circles... all named John... I recently (finally) accepted my "custom URL" and I think that's when the bot add rate may have started increasing.
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I started reporting them all as fake profiles and it seems to have dropped off considerably, I'm not sure if that's correlation or causation though.
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