Back in the good old days before the invention of the memory cards, we old timers were forced to lived with either crazy convoluted password systems or special batteries to save our cartridge based game data. The great thing about those batteries were their were a time save, passwords in in games like Mega Man 2 weren't that big of a deal but in games like Metroid or Legacy of the Wizard where their could be so many variations in how much items, powers and progress in the game that those passwords started approaching novella sizes, passwords became quite a headache. The game I am specifically referring to today is the Legend of Zelda, which I just bought from the used game store in my town for the old famicom. The battery save system is occasionally temperamental but not having to put miles of password digits into a game is something that never grows old. The other sider benefit is that when you buy a used game or rent a used game with a battery save in it you get to see the progress of the previous owners and either stand in awe, mock or abuse their progress in the game. I know that I would never have beat Super Mario RPG the legend of the seven star thingamajigs in one rental if not for the fact that some kind person had played through 3/4th of the game for me. Was it a low down dirty trick that would corrupt that persons experience of the game if they ever rented that copy again, especially because I saved over his old data? Yes, and I'd do it again, because fucking with people you don't know and without any chance of consequences is just plain old fun, especially when your 11.
In my recent play through on Zelda there were two names registered, Hideo and Zelda. While Zelda had had died a respectable 27 times (considering some people don't know the 2nd controller trick to save the game without dying and how tough that second quest can be) but Hideo... not quite as skillful. So although I have never met and will never meet Hideo I will forever know his crapitude at playing the Legend of Zelda, and will Lord it over his head till my final days (or at least until the day I forget.)
Epilogue: Naturally to make this a better post I had decided that I should take some pictures of the before mentioned suckatude of one Hideo. Apparently the Video Game Gods were not amused by numerous acts of Jack Assery in writing this post and thought it necessary to wipe my save off the face of the Earth. Karma is a mighty rough bitch but you got to live with the bad I guess. Oh well, sorry Zelda looks like I'm starting from where you left off. Also I love the fact that to erase a character you have to go to "KILL MODE" which makes it much harder to decide when to delete a character.