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Old 08-27-2019, 06:44 AM
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Those PDP machines that play Tennis For Two and Spacewar! can and still do.But those are machines that weren't intended to play games, but big expensive government machines some playful nerds perverted for harmless fun. Those PDPs will be functional for essentially forever. And the games don't run on ROMs which can bitrot,

Home systems are another story, but stuff like Atari 2600 use so few parts that they're not likely to really breakdown unless mistreated. Newer machines that use optical media instead of solid state cartridges are already prone to breaking down through gentle use; Xbox's "red ring of death," and PlayStation's "yellow light of death" were common enough to coin such names.

And modern games have DRM, which is forced obsolescence. Don't support games which have it or they won't stop using it.