The most endearing geek-out you'll see all day: Man discovers window to the past in still-sealed Saturn game

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


PAX 2010


  • jmcgrotty - March 12, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    This guy needs to get shot. Then stabbed. Then kicked in the balls. Then shot again. DON'T EVERY OPEN UP A GAME THAT IS STILL SEALED AFTER THAT MUCH TIME! They're too rare. Dumbfuck.
  • redthehaze - March 12, 2011 6 a.m.

    THAT AIR IS FROM 1997!! Also, how the crap do I put in umlauts in the recaptcha?
  • phoenix_wings - March 12, 2011 5:05 a.m.

    Wow, so I'm not the only one that gets a kick out of the new game smell? Interesting... But I don't think I'd do that if I were an archeologist that had just discovered an ancient tomb...just sayin.
  • SolarPoweredShitMachine - March 11, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    Can you feel the sunshine? ...This guy definately can.
  • Cloudiology - March 11, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    ''Living in the city! You know you have to surviiive! You've got to keep that dream alive! Wherever it can beee! Can't you seeee!!!'' oh come on those cheesy jpop songs in sonic R were totally surreal back then! Not man games had full voiced music back in 1997 especially for the beautiful saturn. And Sonic R really wasn't that bad a game.... 8/ well my 11 yr old self thought it was awesome!
  • Imgema - March 11, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    Well, you won't have that satisfaction when games become download only or on-Live becomes standard...
  • Japanaman - March 11, 2011 8:02 p.m.

    A few days ago I opened up a brand new copy of Fighters Megamix and Fighting Vipers. Ahh, the nostalgia...
  • AlpineGuy - March 11, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    As someone who played Sonic R when I was younger (despite it being a total piece of sh*t, but I didn't know better), I totally understand his excitement. Oh, and the song is permanently burned into my brain. "Super Sonic Racing...Gotta keep you feet righ-AAAARRGHH!"
  • Turboash - March 11, 2011 7:31 p.m.

    Why the hell did he open it!? I would have kept it sealed forever!
  • helloimgaydo - March 11, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    Wow. Had he kept it in the seal, I'd have bought it for the 26p and screwed up tesco receipt I just found in my pocket.
  • BALLSTOTHEWALLET - March 11, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    . . . and this is why Gamesradar is in my speed dial, love that "New Game" smell!
  • TastyCakesMcgee - March 11, 2011 5:37 p.m.

    So I like how he kept excitedly pointing inside the box like no one around him had ever seen the inside of a Sega Saturn case before lol.
  • twinkletitsMcGee - March 11, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    do you zoom on my face???
  • Nodoudt - March 11, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    That definitely made my weekend! Even though I'm 100% jelly, just seeing that makes me as a gamer quite happy, to say the least. I think I'm going to purposely buy something like Elder Scrolls V and open it like 30 years later.
  • db1331 - March 11, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    I'm so glad I can love gaming without being a completely awkward nerd.
  • peaceful765 - March 11, 2011 4:43 p.m.

    I love that new factory-fresh smell but what is it? Some dangerous chemical no doubt.
  • Robx - March 11, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    Nothing is as satisfactory as removing that plastic and feeling the fresh smell of brand new game...other than actually playing the game

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