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This is definitely the kind of moment when you don't want your game system to malfunction. See more video game system pictures.

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It's happened to every gamer. You're in the middle of a boss fight, one battle away from leveling up or about to save the princess when the game crashes. It could be a disc-read error, or your system may have overheated. But chances are if you had cleaned your console regularly, you'd be pumping your pixilated fists in video game glory instead of staring at a frozen screen.

Fortunately, it's easy to prevent such mishaps -- all you have to do is keep your system clean. If that sounds more frightening than facing the most brutal final boss, don't worry. We'll give you game-saving tips for beating everything from damaged discs to dirty vents.

Check out the next page to find out which oral hygiene product is like an invincibility code for all your scratched-up games.