This Guy’s Been Getting His SNES On For Twenty Years Straight

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chris-littlechild - December 31, 2015

The term ‘gamer' is a fairly controversial one. People love dividing it into hardcore and casual, to separate the ninja-ish Asian MOBA experts from the grandmas dicking around with Wii Sports and your kid sister who plays Barney the Dinosaur: The Game.

It's a matter of nerdly dedication, in part. If you're just playing video games as a mere hobby, like some kind of chump, then nuts to you. You've got to be committed to the cause. Effing committed. Like this guy.

IGN brings us the sorry story of Twitter user Wanikun, and his copy of Japanese title Umihara Kawase. This Super Famicom (SNES to you and me) game used a primitive internal battery, which started to fail around its release back in 1994. Wanikun's beloved saved data was in danger, and there was only one thing for a big ol' effing nerd to do.

That being, leave your console plugged in constantly for twenty years to stop the battery crapping out. Twenty. Years. 180,000 hours of operation, the report estimates. It was briefly switched off while our buddy moved house, but otherwise it's been running around the clock for two decades. That's the kind of nerdly commitment you've got to respect and feel sorry for in equal measure.

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