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Interesting Video About ET and the Video Game Crash of '83


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#1 LeeJ07

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 01:17 PM

I just found this video on Youtube, and it's very well made and informative. Thought you guys might appreciate seeing it.


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 07:42 PM

neat video & well made IMO, thanks for sharing Lee :thumb:


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 09:45 PM

Lost of sources listed, but the video unfortunately contains several recycled unfounded rumors (ex: 3.5 million E.T. carts returned to stores and buried? lol  no...).  But then again, when your sources are sites like Wikipedia and Atarimuseum, I suppose this is to be expected.


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Posted 16 May 2017 - 10:19 PM

It was a good little watch. I knew I would get pissed over the E.T. hate/blame. I think video games have gone beyond the point of a true "crash" happening again. It could be a good thing if it does though. Just my opinion.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 05:29 PM

It was a good little watch. I knew I would get pissed over the E.T. hate/blame. I think video games have gone beyond the point of a true "crash" happening again. It could be a good thing if it does though. Just my opinion.


I actually thought the video did a rather good job of dismissing the tall tales of E.T. being the only factor that caused the crash.
E.T. wasn't the cause, but it was undoubtedly a symptom of the troubled waters ahead, and a sign that not all was well in the house that Atari built.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:42 PM

Interesting video. I will say that there are a lot of games today across multiple platforms and operating systems. However most of those games are in a digital download format and only a small percentage of those games seem to be in physical form. The saturation seems to be in the digital copies as there are a LOT of "me too" games. Most are free but it's still too many in a market that is repeating what Atari learned in the first crash. Whether or not a crash will happen is yet to be seen but should be expected. I also doesn't help the market when publishers like Steam hold sells where games are marked down in a similar fashion as brick and mortar stores did during the '83 crash.
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