JXE Streams: digging through the 'Rare Replay' vault

More than any other artistic medium, video games have a dire need to preserve their history. Unlike movies, books or music, it's incredibly hard to enjoy a classic game years or even decades after its release because of how quickly the technology powering gaming advances. Lately though, the influx of HD remasters and digital distribution have made it really easy to enjoy works from years gone by. So when Microsoft announced Rare Replay at this year's E3, the idea of 30 (!!!) games from developer Rare's past being playable on a modern console struck a chord with many people. But how do games from the UK studio's storied history hold up to? Join us at 3PM PT / 6PM ET on, right in this post or on the Engadget Gaming homepage to find out as we broadcast two solid hours of classic Rare weirdness.

Oh, and we have a giveaway for you! Microsoft sent us a load of Rare-themed swag and one lucky (and random) person from chat will get it all. Full details reside just below the Twitch player.

JXE Streams: Time Travel with 'Rare Replay'

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