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The road tree not taken

February 2nd, 2018

The Great Videogame Crash of 1983 was a industry-wide catastrophe that toppled titans, shuttered studios, and caused pennies-on-the-dollar inventory dumping on a colossal scale. The collapse seemed to confirm suspicious that videogames were just a passing fad and effectively flatlined the home console market for years. When Nintendo attempted to resuscitate the American market with its Famicom system a few years later, it had to pitch the device as something more than a next-gen successor to the Atari 2600 or Intellivision. Even then, videogames spent another decade under the public perception of being the domain of kids and basement-dwelling malcontents.

Most accounts of the Crash have concluded it was a bad thing. While that is an understandable conclusion, I have unearthed additional evidence that the Crash actually spared this world from even greater horrors.

Bless you, Atari 2600 Pac-Man. Bless you, E.T. the videogame. Though the ignorant masses may curse thy names, the world owes you a debt which can never be truly repaid.

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3 Responses to “The road tree not taken”

  1. Chris Wuchte

    I was initially wondering how on earth that would translate to a video game, then I realized it would be like every other 2600 movie tie-in. A stick figure that’s supposed to be McCartney, probably dodging things that are supposed to look like musical notes, or guitars, or, hell, maybe even not that much effort, just some balls or squares. And a MIDI of the only five notes of “No More Lonely Nights” anyone remembers played ad nauseam.

  2. Viru

    Well, actually, there IS a computer game about the movie. While USA was suffering the crash, european computer game scene was blooming… so they release games on just any fad of the moment.

    Take a look

  3. SJB

    Lord, I had driven that movie’s existence out of my brain

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