My best friend almost died on me…he saw the light…just lucky for me it wasn’t the yellow light of death. I was able to revive him…bring him back from the dead…but unfortunately he is not the same. He has forgotten our whole time together…the years of quality time we spent together all down the drain…he is like a stranger now.
My PS3 had some corrupted files on it…and I tried all the
tricks to avoid having to erase his memory like I was one of the Men in Black…but
nothing worked, so I had to pull the plug…or in this case push the button…I had
to format him.
When all was said and done he powered back up…and I was
happy…but then I become sad…everything was different. It was like he grew up…became
a man…and then went all Benjamin Button on me…now he has to grow up all over
Now I have to re-teach him everything…I have to start from
scratch. I had to hold back the tears when I put games in him that I know he
was all too familiar with and now he’s lost…it really broke my heart. Updates…loads…and
re-downloads…not something I would wish on my worst enemy.
I do love the advancements in technology…the cyber gods have
been good to us gamers…they have blessed us with many wonderful gifts…but I
just wish there was a way to “save our saves” when something like this happens.
I know we have to whole cloud thing…and we could always back up our data onto a
USB…but we shouldn’t have to take the extra steps and/or pay for this service…it
should just happen.
This whole ordeal has really made me miss the days of memory
cards…or even save codes that were made up of over twenty characters and
included numbers, letters and symbols like back in the NES days. Sure those
codes where annoying…you had to keep track of the paper you wrote them on…and
you had to make sure you were able to decipher an “I” from a “1” and a “O” from
a “0”…but at least if something happened to the console itself you didn’t have
to start completely over again.
I also miss the days when if a game didn’t work all you had
to do was Monica Lewinsky it (blow it) and it would start working again…no
formats…no overheating…and no corrupted files. The NES was a real beast…it was
like Timex…it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
I guess I should be happy because I’m still able to play
with him without having to pay any outrageous medical (repair) bills…but it
just sucks putting in a game that you’ve spent countless hours on and now
having to start over again.
Pour some Mountain Dew out for my friend…the old him will be
greatly missed…and never forgotten.