Game save files have come a long way since the 90s. In today's world, you're much less likely to lose your saved data due to random chance or hardware errors, and many games now even save silently in the background without the player even noticing. But back in the original world of cartridge-based games, many cartridges relied on a small battery to maintain your game's progress. Rather than risking the expiration of his game's save file, one gamer has kept his console on for the last 20 years!
"Incidentally, I’m pretty sure my first generation Umihara Kawase, which has been on in the SNES for over 20 years, has been in operation for over 180,000 hours. If the power is turned off, I’ll lose all my replay data. Probably." — UMIHARAKawase
In one of UMIHARAKawase's later tweets, he mentions that he did unplug the system once while moving to a new house, but he was able to get it set up before the battery died. Despite that small break in between new houses, it is still impressive that he has left the console on for that long. Many Twitter users asked him if he had ever dealt with a blackout, and, as far as he can remember, there have been no outages in his home.
With the number of tsunamis and earthquakes that Japan has faced in the past 20 years, it is amazing that he was able to keep his console on for that long. What do you think about UMIHARAKawase's efforts? Sound off in the comments below!