Now here's a video to warm the geekier corners of your heart. We all know that the multi-sensory excitement of opening a new game is one of the very best facets of the entire spread of human experience, but what if that game is 14 years old and still sealed up and fractory fresh? Then my friends, you have your hands on a sexy digital time-warp.
Adverts. Posters. Flyers. All preserved like technicolour, Sega-branded fossils from way back in the primordial mists of 1997. And fresh manual smell, contained and matured for nearly a decade and a half! A gleaming shiny disc, finally released from its plastic prison after many long years in the darkness! And all of this occured completely out of the blue, when a man was randomly lent a sealed copy of Sonic R at the PAX East retro game room. It's a beautiful, gleeful moment, and you really need to watch it now.
It's like the kind of high an archeologist would get when accidentally finding the the tomb of the emperor of a previously unknown civilisation while digging his back garden. Sorry Conan. Nerding out over previously-sealed, two-generation old games. That is what is best in life.
Source: Nintendo World Report
March 11th, 2011