Note: Some dishonest moderator blocked my question as "off topic" in the StackSite video game, even though it couldn't be more on the subject. That's why I ask here, in the "next most relevant StackSite".
I used to have this fantasy in which I imagined that, while running through a secret cave somewhere in a Japanese role-playing game, I would suddenly encounter a super weird and super evil monster that has the most evil magic spell imaginable / superpower :
The ability to actually delete the current saved file in use and then restart the game!
Can you imagine spending countless hours in the adventure, just so that a small drop of slime somewhere uses this power unexpectedly, restarting the game with an evil laugh and then seeing that your saved file is simply gone? You would have to start over. You would be so upset. You would curse the developers. You would want to hurt someone.
And it would be fun to tell the story … later.
Now, you can immediately think that this would be stupid for business. However, I thought about that. If this were included in the game, it would mean that:
- It only happens extremely rarely and only after doing something that the game clearly tells you that it is dangerous / not recommended, to the point that it could be considered a rare Easter egg or something.
- It is noticed in some way, even if not explicitly. For example, the townspeople in nearby villages may be saying vague things like: "It is extremely important that you never visit the sealed cave near the Enchanted Forest just outside here. Rumors say there is a monster that has the ability to destroy the universe! This is no joke. Get ready to lose everything If you ever decide to risk going there! Please do not do it. We will all be deleted! "
- There would be an additional sign outside the cave warning you again that you should not enter the cave and that it is difficult to locate / enter it in any way.
In other words, it would be "player's fault" if their saved game is eliminated, because they did not take the game seriously. I realize that it is still not something "good", but my point is that it would not happen randomly without any reason just playing the game normally. Such a cave (or any area) would not be crucial to finishing the game, and there would be nothing to "attract" it, such as the promises of a powerful / rare element.
Have you ever done this in a "golden age" game? Or not at all? If so, what is the name of the game? It seems that something very well could have been done … I mean, Earthbound / Mother 3 had all kinds of "evil" tricks for the people they detected had hacked the game, why not this?
However, keep in mind that I am not necessarily talking about this as a measure against piracy. I imagine it would happen even with genuine copies of the game, like a fourth "funny thing" that breaks the wall. As angry as I would get if this happened to me, I would do I find it extremely interesting and it would be a story to retell for the rest of my life: "In my day, you really had to be careful or else the game would erase your saved files. And we couldn't easily make backup copies of those days … Yes, sir, those were the days … "