A true gamer always keeps a track of how many levels or stages he has completed. The most annoying thing that can happen to a gamer would be format that gaming computer, thereby losing all the saved games and game profiles. Some gamers would like to start over again and some may also dump that game forever, they may think that they have spent countless hours playing that game and to reach that level and now all is gone. Start that game again and make effort to reach that level again, but is it wise to do so? How about backing up that saved game, so that when disaster strikes, you’re armed and ready with your game progress saved. Read on this article to know how to save Windows games online and offline.
There are some games that offer a method to backup and restore saved game. Some games offer this feature, but most still lack this feature. Most games don’t offer convenient way to backup the game. You can find saved games in My Documents folder. For e.g. Need for Speed, Battlefield 3 and more. However this path may not be the same, depending on the game. Manual way would be to copy this complete folder and store it a safe place, and after formatting the computer, you can again copy and paste this folder to its original location.
Save Games Online or Offline with SaveGameBackup.net
SaveGameBackup.net is a portable tool that can help you to save games and then restore those game saves with a couple of clicks. Yes, this tool can simplify this complicated process. When writing this article, this tool supports up to 1,401 games (database 68). The developer will keep on updating the database of this tool, so that more and more games can be saved. Check the games list from here.
Using SaveGameBackup.net to backup a game is very easy. Download the program, extract the zip and run sgbnet.exe. The first thing you need to do is to specify a backup folder, so that this tool backups all the saved games in this location. The program will automatically detect all the games that are installed on your computer and then it will show the result in the interface. Check mark all the games that you want to backup and then click on “Backup” button. The process will be completed in a second and then it will create .sgbzip file which contains saved game. This file will be stored in backup location that you have specified earlier. With this step done, backup process is complete.
Next comes the process when we have to restore saved games. Firstly, make sure that you install the game. Now, to restore the backup, go to the “restore” tab and select the backup path, where the .sgbzip file is saved. Click on refresh button to refresh the interface. Now click on “Restore” button to restore saved games. With this step completed, your saved game is now restored.
You can also share the saved games with your friends. Just send them the .sgbzip file of that game and show them how to restore it using this tool.
To save games online, you can use Dropbox, SugarSync or any other such tool. When specifying backup location, just make sure that you provide the Dropbox folder location. As soon as the game is saved here, your file will be uploaded online, and then you can share it with friends also.
You may be wondering what if an installed game doesn’t gets detected by this program. If the game is not detected, then can add and edit custom game entries that are not officially supported by the standard database. Once a custom entry is added, it will appear along with all of your other detected games. However, this custom entries option is not that easy to use.
The options tab provides additional options to check for updates, overwrite old backups, add datestamp to filename, detection methods and option to switch to a different language.
SaveGameBackup.net is compatible with Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista and Windows 7. It also requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.