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SNES left switched on

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:50 am
by Mire Mare
.....for 20 years to keep game save alive! Anyone on here tried this!?

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/fe ... -game.html

Re: She's left switched on

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:23 am
by retrojc
Yep, did this with Gran Turismo as a kid left it on for around 2 months, 25 days, then switched it with Final Fantasy 7; which I milked disc 1 (aimless wandering/stupid high level) for a good month before I had enough to buy a memory card. The first 4 months of 1998 everyone.

Re: She's left switched on

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 7:25 am
by MadManDan79
Ive left consoles on overnight before but nothing like this. Just shows how reliable the old nintendos are...

Re: She's left switched on

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:31 am
by David
This was posted on here a while back.

And as i said then, headline should just have been "man is attention seeking liar"

Re: She's left switched on

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:16 am
by Sephiroth81
David wrote:This was posted on here a while back.

And as i said then, headline should just have been "man is attention seeking liar"
This may be the case, but its at least a somewhat creative way for their 15 minutes of fame rather than lining up to audition for talentless shows like x factor or Big Brother.

I just can't imagine 20 years without either a powercut or move of address, or many many other things that could have happened in that timescale.

Re: SNES left switched on

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:40 am
by Mire Mare
The only game I can remember leaving a machine switched on for was LCP on my c64. I left my wee digital friend on for a whole week. I had to cover the red light on top of the computer so that my parents wouldn't notice it was on over night! :lol:

LCP didn't die. Just turned green and was very uncooperative!

Re: SNES left switched on

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:43 am
by davyK
What damages electronic devices is powering up - so leaving something on for a long time isn't as damaging as you think.

Re: SNES left switched on

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:38 pm
by RodimusPrime
davyK wrote:What damages electronic devices is powering up - so leaving something on for a long time isn't as damaging as you think.

There is a lot of truth to that,

When I used to work in car manufacturing back in the day we were all told to turn the lights of on workstations when we went on our breaks.

Turns out that it used far more ebergy to start them up again after 15 minutes than it did to actually leave them on and it had much more of an impact on the lifespan of the bulbs.

Re: SNES left switched on

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:51 pm
by gunbladelad
I recall reading somewhere that it was estimated that you reduced the lifespan of computers by about 10 seconds with every single power-off that was done. I haven't a clue on whether there's any truth to that, so don't quote me on it.

The longest I've ever left my SNES on would've been about 3 weeks running when I was playing SNES Doom. Zero saves, zero cheats - and zero restarts. Sadly I got wiped out in Episode 3

Re: She's left switched on

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:15 pm
by dste
David wrote:This was posted on here a while back.

And as i said then, headline should just have been "man is attention seeking liar"
I thought I had read it before, obviously a very slow news day.

Re: SNES left switched on

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:17 pm
by DPrinny
Must be slow if the likes of the Daily mail and the Sun have covered it

Re: SNES left switched on

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:20 pm
by RetroBob
The batteries are still fine in many games I have, he should take a risk and turn it off, back up the rom and save data to one of those new fangled retro devices.