The video game disc rot report list

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  1. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator

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    This list will be of all known discs that have been found with disc rot (destruction of the reflective metallic layer).

    Sample This! (3do)
    Rock Paintings (Sega CD)
    Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo (3do)
     
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    Cyantist <B>Site Supporter 2013</B><BR><B>Site Supporter 20

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    I once received a copy of Street Fighter Alpha for sega saturn that had a large purple spot on the underside.

    None of the other discs had it but the label of the box had "car boot sale syndrome" where cardboard is exposed to extreme cold/moisture and goes more brittle? basically rubbing it too ruff would wreck the cardboard so I'm undecided if it was exposure to cold/moisture (I presume it was kept with the others which were immaculate) or it had disc rot.
     
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    HEX1GON Pick your Poison Staff Member

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    Any pictures or examples of disc rot? I haven't actually seen it before.
     
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    Is this like the PlayStation CD-ROM's where they 'cloud'?
     
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    angelwolf71885 Dauntless Member

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    there is a good example on the wikipedia page for disk rot

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc_rot
     
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    CodeAsm Game Console Enthusiast

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    I had a few copies of Sims hot date that had some kind of smoke on the read side. after closer inspection I found out that they where copies and CD-R's of low quality.
    Indeed some ps games show the same effect "cloud" or whatever, Dont remember those where original or copies.
     
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    so time is no rotter just neglect
     
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    Tech Romancer (NTSC Dreamcast)
     
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    l_oliveira Officer at Arms

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    Well cared discs do rot too so ? :shrug:
     
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    Thread is semi pointless without confirmation that its a wide spread problem with that particular disc.

    Disc rot is mostly caused by the conditions its kept in or the handling. The Bronzing issue above is a good example of a manufacturing issue, but others could just be one off's and documenting that 1 disc just happened to get rot is kinda pointless.
     
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    Cyantist <B>Site Supporter 2013</B><BR><B>Site Supporter 20

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    I think assembler is hoping there will be multiple mentions of a game, then he could investigate that.
     
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    Grand Theft Auto IV for PC.
    Pirates! for PC.
     
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    I used to have a large collection of video laser discs until DVD came out. I still have around 150 of them and I can tell you that these can suffer terriblly from laser rot, generally caused by poor manufacturing processes.

    I know that I have been twittering on about laserdisc video discs. However I thought that I would highlight this issue as this will probably affect games stored on the same media (Dragons lair etc)

    With laserdisc video titles it generally causes very poor picture quality

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giyZdKmPLs8

    If you are interested there is a good site for film laser disk that also rate the risk of laser rot.

    http://www.lddb.com/
     
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    MottZilla Guardian of the Forum

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    You could store your discs in a container devoid of oxygen. That would help. Oxygen is what generally does the damage. Limiting exposure to that and sunlight should improve the lifespan of about any product or really just about anything. You could cool them too, but not freeze them to slow down any chemical reactions going on.
     
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