zzip Posted May 5, 2020 Share Posted May 5, 2020 16 hours ago, CapitanClassic said: People were moving towards cheap home computers, and a market can only sustain so many competing companies. Colecovision, Intellivision, Bally Astrocade, Odyssey, Atari 5200, VCS, consumers can only pay attention to so many incompatible consoles. Yes that's all true 16 hours ago, CapitanClassic said: The North American crash of 1983 happened here because everyone expected the market here to grow faster than it actually did. It wasn't just that it didn't grow fast enough, it contracted drastically. According to wikipedia, home video game sales dropped from $3.2 billion in 1982 to $100 million in 1985. In 1981-1982 videogames were a huge fad, ignited by Pacman. But no fad can sustain itself more than a few years. By 1985 only dedicated gamers remained, all those people along for the ride in 81-82 had left gaming to do other things and sales reflect that. After 1985 NES started to bring people back. 16 hours ago, CapitanClassic said: this caused consumers to buy cheap games for a third of the cost, rather than the better, more expensive games. music stores had bargain bins, book stores had bargain books, and bargain games still exist. This isn't something that would normally kill an industry, it was a symptom not the cause. If everybody bought the same number of games for a third of the cost, that doesn't cause sales to drop to $100 million. In reality people often bought several bargain games instead of one full priced game. The only way it gets down to $100 million is if lots of people stop buying games outright. The crash was a demand problem, not an oversupply problem. Because the industry growth happened all at once rather than organically, it was inevitable there was going to be a crash. It was similar to today how something like Fortnight becomes hugely popular overnight, and it spawn a whole class of imitators. But then the popularity wanes as rapidly as it rose. But now that would only cause a crash in 'battle royale' subgenre. Back then the entire industry was like that. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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