Do you miss memory cards?

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#1 henrythefifth
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Well? Do you?

I kinda do. I've lost game saves on occasion when my PS4 went haywire, and also saves on 360 when 'moving house' from console to console. Some saves just did not make the journey intact.

If we still had memory cards, saves would be totally safe!

Also, back in the PS2-PS1 era, you could take your memory card to friends, and let them copy your 100% saves for games they sucked in. Such as GTAs. Very handy.

This, of course, is no longer possible, as it would play merry hell with trophy systems on modern consoles.

But still. Memory cards and the good old days!

Do you still have memory cards from those days, and do they still work? And got any interesting memory card stories, such as when you dog ate your GTA saves?

Do tell!

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#2 SuperfluousReal
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Memory cards were and are a good idea if you wish to play with friends in real time. With the advent of online gaming, memory cards do not make much sense, they are also slower and archaic in design.

I remember saving Gran Turismo 2 game saves to PS1 memory cards... took an age for it to even write the save.

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#3 npiet1
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No and I like how it is now. I still can download and transfer saves. Cloud saves have saved my data before on Xbox.

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#4 Gaara93
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No, the technology these days is way more efficient than memory cards.

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#5 madrocketeer  Online
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Weren't those things gigantic rip-offs?

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#6 onesiphorus
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I am pleased that I can use my own SD cards instead of buying a memory card made by the console maker. It saves me money and my SD cards would store more memory than a memory card. I do not miss memory cards which are a relic of a previous generation.

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#7 npiet1
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@madrocketeer said:

Weren't those things gigantic rip-offs?

Yeah they were, unless you had Ebay. They were like $40 (aud) for 8mb which even at the time was expensive.

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#8  Edited By madrocketeer  Online
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@npiet1 said:

Yeah they were, unless you had Ebay. They were like $40 (aud) for 8mb which even at the time was expensive.

Knew it. Every time manufacturers make a first-party proprietary hardware.

"Hey, let's jack up the price into the stratosphere. Not like they can buy it from anyone else."

"Genius!"

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#9 NoodleFighter
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No, even though I don't play on consoles anymore I'm glad they moved to more universal storage devices as it is much more affordable and can be used for things outside of games and gaming devices.

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#10 PernicioEnigma
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It would be nice if current consoles gave you the option to export a save file to a usb storage device you connect to the console, but I don't think it would be a feature many people would use.

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#11 Speeny  Online
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They're kind of nostalgic to look back on but for me they involved too many bad memories of trying to find them so, nope.

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#12  Edited By osan0
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I think i have some gamecube memory cards lying around.

Do i miss them? no. they were a rip off. its better to use more universal standard devices where possible.

one of my concerns with the PS5 is sony is going to use their storage solution as an opportunity to rip people off when they want to increase their storage. i.e. only PS5 compatible custom storage drives will work.

one thing i do miss though is the ability to backup saves to an external drive. it seems very hit or miss now depending on the platform and the game.

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#13 Sevenizz
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Firm NO. They were a stupid cash grab in lieu of creative thinking.

Thank you Microsoft for forcing their obsoleteness.

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#14 -ParaNormaN-
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I do. I miss taking my memory card over to friends houses for fighting games or other games where you had to play a lot to unlock characters. I could just go to a friends house and we can play as anyone on the roster instead of the first 5 or however they started you off with. Racing games too because I would have unlocked some cool cars or some other stuff. Can't do that anymore.

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#15 robert_sparkes
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It was great to take your save to a friends house but I lost so many over the years it's just inconvenient at this point.

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#16  Edited By Litchie
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I like them for nostalgia reasons, but cloud saving is better.

I never felt forced into buying really expensive memory cards without any other options, like most of you seem to have been. Nintendo's own memory cards for the GameCube didn't cost that much, and if you thought it did, you could buy a 3rd party card for a third of the price.

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#17 henrythefifth
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@Sevenizz said:

Firm NO. They were a stupid cash grab in lieu of creative thinking.

Thank you Microsoft for forcing their obsoleteness.

you seem to forget 360 lite had no hard drive, so it forced you to buy memory cards!

Yes, memory cards were still rip off scheme for MS when 360 was launched.

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#18 Mickeyminime
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I miss the days when consoles where consoles and not computers. All you had to do was turn the console on and play the game without any delays. Today, its turn it on, install data, wait for update and YAY! i can finally play the game i wanted to play 2 hours ago!

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#19 YammiReckorrdSan
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No, I don't miss them at all. At my first 3 years of my PS2 I had no memory cards since they were so expensive for a ten years old child like me. I had to play my few games non stop until I had to stop, only to start the game again next day...

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#20 Ovirew
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I mean I essentially still have a memory card. A microSD I store the a bunch of the games themselves on, as well as the saves.

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#21 ocinom
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No, memory cards are stupid.

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#22 NathanDrakeSwag
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They were overpriced pieces of shit.

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#23 2Chalupas
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Hell no, they were pointless and overpriced rubbish. Just designed to get some extra "accessories" revenue. If you want to you can always put your saves on a USB, which is functionally the same as backing them up on a memory card. Or you can back them up in the cloud. So there is no reason to "lose" game saves because a system goes haywire when modern systems basically give you 3 different ways to keep saves, rather than just one.

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#24 EG101
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Hell no.

I haven't used one since 2001 when the OG Xbox gave a Hard drive to console gamers for the first time.

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#25 DaVillain-  Moderator
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Memory Cards only serve a purpose because the game industry no longer used cartridges when cartridges had build-in save files at the time and when we move to CD-Rom, their was no way of saving files on the disc and memory cards were a thing until PS3 arrive and stop all this memory cards. And no, I don't miss them not one bit.

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#26 Raining51
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Yeah sure.

They worked completely well and I didn't have to worry about deleting games/storage on the hardware, since you have to purchase more expensive additions.

Memeory cards are and were cheap.

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#27 pyro1245
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Nah.

...and at this point all saves should be cross-platform and available everywhere.

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#28  Edited By AdobeArtist  Moderator
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WHY?? That's like missing RCA cables for the display, or controllers without hand grips.

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#29 Epak_
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No, noooooooooooooooooooo.

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#30 henrythefifth
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On PS2 it still made sense.

If PS2 had launched with HDD, the console would've cost us consumers hundred bucks more.

In comparison, 3rd party memory card only cost us a tenner.

So, memory cards were both cheaper, and smarter option in those days.

As for OXB HDD, that was totally useless and costly gimmick.

Prior to OXB launch, MS claimed games would use the HDD as system memory extension, meaning partial, temporary game installs. -but not a single OXB game ever did this! So, we ended up with huge HDD where we only ever used less than 1% of the HDD space for our game saves... Yeah. Pointless.