6. The Save PointFirst Appeared In: Pitfall II: Lost Caverns (1984)
As crazy as it sounds, there was a time when you could actually beat a game at your boy’s house and still be home in time for dinner. Then games got bigger, parents thought Princess Peach was a real girl and started pushing that whole curfew thing, and things had to change. So somewhere around the Chrono Trigger days (or maybe even A DECADE EARLIER), they came up with the whole save point thing. And now you can’t make it through a JRPG without one.