What does it mean to “savescum”?

I play a roguelike now and then and the term “savescum” comes up fairly often. What does it mean, and where did the term come from?


Savescumming generally refers to the practice of reloading a saved game prior to a random event, repeatedly, until a favorable outcome is achieved.

The term originated in the Roguelike community, as the genre is known for the frequent occurrence of perma-death as a feature – in that community, any use of saved games to recover from a fatal mistake or poor roll of the dice, rather than restarting the game entirely, is considered to be unsporting or ‘scummy’ behavior.

These days, the term is often used in a variety of genres to refer to abuse of reloaded saves to yield optimal results.

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