Removing The Film From A 30-Year-Old Console Is Satisfying And Horrible

The Sega Master System was available in the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and this particular console has existed since then with its anti-dust film intact. Until now.

Reddit user the_starship posted a video in the Game Collecting subreddit showing the plastic removal, and it makes me feel Some Feelings.

On one hand, I think it is awesome that someone is taking the plastic off of this console and getting ready to use it. And, you know, there’s something truly satisfying about pulling that thin layer of plastic off any piece of electronics.

On the other hand, it belongs in a museum. Or maybe not, since it is a game console and it is meant to be played, but this is also a piece of electronics that just went from being pretty pristine to being just a normal Sega Master System. I’d have a hard time ripping that plastic off.

With the good comes the bad, and I guess my feelings are somewhere close to those expressed by user claytonfromillinois in the thread: “I wouldn’t have had the guts honestly. Glad it went as intended.” 


    Good, take it off. The film is only there to protect the finish during packing and shipping, unless you expect the device in your home to get the same kind of treatment as shipping, you don't need it. They're not adhesive-based so they don't cement with age, you could do this in a hundred years and it'd still peel off safely.

    It's pristine with it removed, not with it on. The film is packaging material, not part of the console. That's like saying the console is pristine only if it's still sitting in the foam tray it came in.

      Depends on how you value the item. If you consider it a collectors item it may have more intrinsic value with the film intact.

    I couldn't do that to my stuff, but at the same time I just want to watch the world burn. Take it off! Take it off!

    If you don't need to remove it to use it, just leave it on till the edges start to go. What's wrong with you? Can't you see the buttons thru the dang clear plastic film? Do you want to fade those buttons with your greasy mitts?

    haha, funnily enough my master system 1 still has that same protective sticker still attached! edges intact and all... i actually didnt realise it until about 5 years ago...

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