I agree with quite a bit so far, but here are some thoughts:
Have an episode/chapter where control of the save-scumming falls in the hand of his rival. Then he'll have the challenge of getting back. Whether he has Ripple Proof Memory
as a result of previous save scumming is up to you.
Question: does he have to consciously choose to load a save, or is it automatic? Could have an amusing Game Over
Screen interlude, possibly.
I also wouldn't be afraid to time-skip a few runs, like in Groundhog Day
, for a bit of a training montage.
The biggest thing I think you need to decide is, what is Jimmy's goal/motivation. Get the girl? Do something awesome? Make a lot of money? Learn how to make the perfect omelette?
Might be good to ask others what they would do with such a power. I personally would be tempted to go for more long term runs, going all the way to old age or something, so I can try as many different things. Though effectively killing whatever family I gain might be a bit heart-breaking.
edited 21st Dec '11 3:27:17 PM by Luthen