Glossary Entry: Save Slot

Quick Definition

Save slots are an alternative to using a computer's file system to save games. Instead of letting you save your progress like you would an image you download from the internet, you're restricted to using a "slot" the game provides.

There are usually a limited number of slots available, making it important to manage them carefully. This management (copying, moving, erasing etc) is typically done through the game's menus, though since every game that uses save slots handles them in their own way, it's not really possible to go into much detail about them beyond this brief summary.

Save slots are more common in console games, as they have more limited capacity to store information. This was especially true for earlier consoles like the NES or the original Gameboy, which didn't have the luxury of an actual file system to store their data.

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