PC games put saves all over the place.
%userprofile%/Saved Games is the
official be all, end all location. Microsoft said so! You should just be able
to back up that folder and have a copy of all your saved games. But noooo. Some games clutter even up your
~/Documents folder with their stupid junk.
It's super obnoxious and there's no reason for it.
It's time to fight back. Save Central finds saved games, moves the saves to
~/Saved Games, and makes a hidden junction. Your games will still able to
find their saves, but they'll all be stored where they belong.
As a side effect, it's slightly easier to back up your saves.
- Python 3.3
pip3 install -r requirements.txt
Moving and linking
Just run the script!
Restoring backed up saves on a new computer
This is left as an exercise to the reader. Pull requests welcome! (If you're
absolutely up the creek without a paddle, just look at
list.csv and manually
copy the folder to the correct location.)
It didn't move some folders?
list.csv to add the correct path. The first item on a line is the
source, relative to
%userprofile%. The second item is the destination, relative to
%userprofile%/Saved Games. Please send a pull request, too. Note the alphabetical order.
What about games that use
That is acceptable. I feel no ill will towards games which use what was the recommended save game location a decade ago, when XP roamed the earth. But times have changed.
What about games that use Steam Cloud?
What about them? Those saves are backed up automatically, so we only care about
them if they're living some place inappropriate in
What about games that don't put their save files anywhere in
The only modern titles I've encountered that do this use UPlay. Not all UPlay games. But at
least one. The paths for these games are in
unqualified_list.csv. A lot of older games may
do this, also. My gaming library is such that I haven't encountered them. Pull requests
welcome! Or buy the GOG.com versions, which put save files in