In a generation full of autosaves and games that let you record your progress wherever you are, it's easy to forget a world where you had to take your saves as and when you got them. The noble save point has been slaving away unsung for years, dutifully preserving our adventures in the event of death or those rare occasions when one needs to leave the house.
In honor of the save point, here is a list of the seven best ones, as judged by nobody of any importance. Can you think of any better? Feel free to tell us!
If one's being honest, the typewriter save system for Resident Evil was kind of dreadful. Rationing out saves as if they were wartime pork pies might have added to the tension, but it did so in the wrong way. However, despite being an incredibly frustrating system, there's no denying that it was clever and incredibly iconic.
The Resident Evil typewriter is one of the few truly clever save points a videogame has boasted, and while it was indeed a pain in the arse to find and conserve precious ink ribbons in order to use the things, it remains a truly memorable way to save. A great idea until you have to fight a Tyrant and are all out of bastard ribbons.
The psychological alternative to Resident Evil, Silent Hill's original save points were simple but elegant. They took the form of notepads in which Harry Mason jotted down his thoughts while traveling. While not the most inventive of save points, it was grounded and realistic, which managed to fit in well with the dark and gloomy world of Silent Hill.
The best part of the original Silent Hill's save points is that they make a later cameo in Silent Hill 3, as Harry's adoptive daughter Heather is able to uncover the notes left behind from the first game and get her father's perspective on the first game's events. A fantastic little callback that helped to make Silent Hill's save points some of the coolest around.
Final Fantasy IX
There are many who would disagree with the sentiment that Final Fantasy IX is the best Final Fantasy game ever made, but those people are heartless cretins who deserve to be thrown into a giant fire. It was the endearing charm and sense of fun in IX that really set it apart from the brooding, emo-flavored entries that surrounded it, and this was typified by the save point -- an adorable little Moogle.
Moogles played the role of save points in Final Fantasy IX, armed with huge books that they slammed onto the ground before fluttering down with a posh quill. Rarely will you find a save point quite so cute. Every save's a treat!