So I was thinking about playing a round of Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, one of my favorite games - I pop the disc in my drive, and it won't load. I try again - nothing. 7 times after that, still nothing. The expansion Kane's Wrath loads perfectly - both discs, although old, have been kept away in their original boxes, away from dust, heat or any sort of endangering factor. They have no scratches either - almost like new. That got me thinking: first of all, what the hell happened to my CD? As far as I know, decay in discs happens over time, over a large period of time, and usually with discs which were either badly produced in the first place, are rewritable or were poorly stored etc. My disc was none of that (at least, I think it wasn't poorly manufactured). Just to make sure, I checked with my friend, who bought his own copy roughly the same time when I did, and his one works perfectly - not to mention that, unlike mine, his video games aren't really kept and stored...well, so neatly. Second: how should I run this CD, if that is even possible... It won't load at all, the computer just doesn't recognize it. Third and the last: If this was a legit case of a CD decay, a CD which is 5-6 years old, does that mean that, in several more years, majority of my video game collection will be nothing but a useless pile of plastic, or whatever that material is? How should I prevent this from happening to my other discs? Like I've said, all of my games are properly stored in their original boxes. They are usually placed in horizontal position, but I doubt that is of any relevance. And how come my audio CDs, some of which are two decades old, work perfectly? The process of writing differs, I suppose, but the chemical compound of the CDs themselves should be similar, no? A side note: even my pirated copy of the same game which I used before I bought the original disc seems to work...and that one didn't get the royal treatment like the legit copy.