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There seems to be a lot of conflicting information out there and I'm growing a little concerned.
With the release of the first CD based system, over 15 years ago, it seems the shelf life of our CD based video games seem to be in jeopardy. Now again, there is no scientific data backing up any of this and the majority of the research I can find is based on CD-R, CD-RW, and DVD manufacture companies. Which states the shelf life is more like a hundred years. Well I don't know about you but I really don't trust any research done by the same company that produces the product. We can all thank the cigarette and drug companies for that.
Though the concusses of impartial research I could find on the subject puts shelf life about 30 years. Which puts us at over half way there. Though it all has to do with the condition of the game and the quality of the CD. Now of course, there is the opposite spectrum with Nintendo's Wii Shop or the fully functional emulation done by companies like Game Tap or homemade emulations. But that doesn't help any of the Xbox and Sony owners who are still running on partial software emulation. And what about those of us who collect and enjoy our Sega CD and Panasonic 3DO games? Who, if anyone, is going to support those games?
So it seems that my shelves of games are dying in some sense or another. The question is where can we turn to extend that life?