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Post by Valigarmander » Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:53 am

Back when save files were either too expensive or downright impossible due to memory constraints, passwords were a common way for players to save their progress in a game. Did you play many games that used a password system? Do you have any fond/frustrating memories?

I remember The Lord of The Rings for the SNES had a cumbersome 48-digit password system. One time I entered the password slightly wrong and began the game in the Shire with Aragorn and Gimli in my party. It was the start of an amusing journey to say the least.

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Post by Deepfake » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:46 am

I played tons, especially since most every Mega Man used a password system.

In some cases with games like TMNT 2 and 3, you would've either had to leave your system running until you played again or you could enter a variant of a Konami-code style level select code to get to a stage select screen, which my brother and I did as regular practice.
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Post by New! Tazy Ten » Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:46 am

If I did I never used them.

Because I'm an idiot.

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Post by Random User » Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:53 am

I don't recall playing many games that used that system. I don't miss it.

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Post by Microphone_Kirby » Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:29 pm

Legend of the Mystical Ninja, for certain. And those passwords get lengthy, especially for two player adventures.
And I ALWAYS save a password from Zone 3. Fun times... :D

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Post by Wicked Witch of the Crest » Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:32 pm

Tails Adventure and the Zelda Oracle games, but that was it.
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Post by Shane » Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:09 am

I used to keep a hand written book of passwords, which probably wasn't easy considering my handwriting is borderline legible. Such a terrible system when the technology was there for save games as demonstrated by games like Zelda and Final Fantasy, but at least it was better than those games that forced you to sit through the whole game at once.
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Post by Valigarmander » Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:25 am

I hated writing down passwords. And I must've been borderline dyslexic as a kid because most of the time I'd record the password wrong and it'd come up invalid when I'd try to enter it into the game.

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Post by LOOT » Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:28 am

Passwords were really fun to look up when I was a young'un, not only could I skip to later stages easily but there were games where I could get impossible combinations (Metroid glorified this practice) and breaking the game has always been a past time for me

nowadays I'm neutral, mostly if I happen to be playing an old game that needs a password I have immediate access to either sites with the code or where I have my last progress written down or much more likely I have the game saved via save state or 3DS/Wii U being friendly with that

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