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When I play games I often end up reloading a mission or part of a mission if something goes wrong. I like realism in games and I find that frequent reloading ruins the fun. I do this in many games but due to the fact that wargames often focus on heavy realism, I find it to be the biggest problem for them. It's not that much of a problem in FPS games for example.
Therefore I find ironman mode (which means that you are unable to reload and that every action counts permanently, but I guess everyone is familiar with the term) to be almost indispensable to me. I have most fun when my mistakes count and I have to recover from attacks going bad or my defenses breaking down. One of my favorite games is Nethack, which has permanent death and is very hard. The paradox games are very fun and I always use the ironman mode. The only downside is if I make a genuine mistake by misclicking or if there is a bug that breaks the save, there is no way of recovering it.
If there is no way to force me to not save scum I often end up not finishing the scenarios/playthroughs, even though I like the game. I end up reloading the same situation many times and then it gets boring and I loose my interest. This makes me unable to fully enjoy many fantastic games just because they lack the ironman option, for example Ultimate General: Civil War (which I enjoy anyway, but not to full extent).
Am I the only one having this problem? Do you guys have any ideas on how to just stop reloading?
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