Can't Pause or Save

The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

Many games have "save points" that you must reach before you can safely save your progress and stop playing. If these "save points" are too far apart, this dark pattern can appear. Forcing players to continue playing longer than they want to, just so they can save their progress, is a waste of the player's time.

It should be noted that many classic games, such as Pac-Man or Super Mario Bros, could not be saved because the technology to do so had not been invented yet, so it's not fair to label these games with this dark pattern. Modern games that have the ability to save should not unreasonably prevent you from doing so. By preventing you from pausing gameplay they are forcing players to stay in the game longer than they would have otherwise, resulting in a negative experience for the player.

Most online multiplayer games can't be paused because it would affect the other players. This is understandable. However, these types of games should provide frequent opportunities for players to step out safely without causing negative repercussions. This is often accomplished by having timed matches, so you know what you are committing to when you enter the game.

Sometimes games combine this pattern with social pressure to keep playing so you don't let down your teammates. This combination can create a unhealthy powerful drive to keep playing without breaks for long periods of time.


Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
"In a fortress you can’t pause without losing."

World of Tanks Blitz MMO World of Tanks Blitz MMO
"It's an online game so saving is not an option during a battle. So probably it's more of a no."

MARVEL Strike Force MARVEL Strike Force
"Raid, and Arena have limited time to complete there matches and the game is unstable about receiving calls or switching aplacations"

Walking Dead: Road to Survival Walking Dead: Road to Survival
"If you are in the middle of a stage, you cannot save your game."

Hearthstone Hearthstone
"In multiplayer only : they added recently the rematch for solo content with progression, even if you quit in the match."

Roblox Roblox
"roblox has no pause button"

"When you are in a battle, you can't stop or you'll be kicked out."

Fortnite Fortnite
"You can't pause in the middle of a battle or you'll be kicked out."

Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes
"During a battle, you can't stop, but battles only last a few minutes, so it's not that bad."