Imagine an art exhibit comprised of video game consoles from different eras, paused mid-game, powered on for all time. What if you could resume that game of Mega Man you started playing when you were 12, still active and waiting for you to face Wily for the first time?
It’s in our nature to be fascinated by old things, but old electronics are particularly magical, especially when they still work. They come alive in a way that an antique vase never can. Their screens and glowing digits open a unique window into the past.
Perhaps the appeal of nostalgia is growing because I’m getting older, but the idea of playing a game of Mega Man or Super Mario Bros., paused since the 80s, kinda blows my mind.