Typewriters were used in the majority of Resident Evil games as a save location.
In the earlier Resident Evil games, a limited supply of Ink Ribbons were required to save the game. This is similar to other survival-horror games like Alone in the Dark (which utilized one-use "Save Amulets"). Capcom designers quickly found that Ink Ribbons were too few and far between for some players who didn't have enough time to devote hours per sitting to the game. The Ink Ribbons also occupied inventory spaces, so players who were expecting to save had to sacrifice ammunition or weapon space to carry Ink Ribbons. The Ink Ribbon system was used in Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and the remake of Resident Evil, as well as Resident Evil 0, Resident Evil CODE:Veronica and the remake of Resident Evil 2, but for the latter, on lower difficulties it is possible to save without the use of Ink Ribbons.
Newer games in the franchise still use typewriters, but the Ink Ribbon system has since been abandoned. Resident Evil: Dead Aim, Resident Evil 4 and both Resident Evil Outbreak games feature typewriters, but the player can save at any time. (for file 2 of Outbreak, only Easy mode allows infinite saves. On Normal and higher, the player is limited to how many times they can save using a specific typewriter).
For Resident Evil 5, the Typewriters were removed due to the inclusion of co-op and because of the autosave feature employed on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Resident Evil 6 is another game where Typewriters were removed due to the same reasons as Resident Evil 5. However, as an homage to previous games, the save icon that appears when the game autosaves, is a small white typewriter. Neither of Resident Evil: Revelations or Resident Evil: Revelations 2 featured typewriters either. In Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, although Typewriters themselves don't appear, their function as save spots was used in the form of video recorders.
The Typewriter made its return in the remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. They can be used anytime except for Resident Evil 2 remake's hardcore mode where it requires an ink ribbon to save.
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
In Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Typewriters are an item players can find for [XP] in the campaign. Their locations are the City Hall main entrance, the police station main hall, and the Final Battle room with Leon.
- In Resident Evil 4, the typewriters have the word "Amenhotep" engraved in gold letters. Amenhotep is the name of many significant figures in Egyptian history.