The Video Game Crash of 1983: Crash Course Games #6 - video-games-arcade.com

The Video Game Crash of 1983: Crash Course Games #6

CrashCourse
Views: 393963
Like: 9396
So the 1980s was the golden age of arcade games. Games like Donkey Kong, Pac- Man, Space Invaders, and Centipede had become a cultural phenomenon. These games had expanded the gamer demographic and even encouraged the rise of competitive gaming. There were also many innovations in the home console and computer market with deeper and longer games like Pitfall and Castle Wolfenstein. Suddenly, you could play a game for much longer than your single quarter could get you on an arcade machine. So the video game industry was booming, but it had also become a sort of Wild West and everyone from Purina to Quaker wanted to get into the action. With these new creators came a glut of choices, and to remain competitive Atari began rushing games to market resulting in some truly terrible games. Gamers started to lose confidence in the industry and then in 1983 the gaming industry in the United States crashed.

Crash Course is on Patreon! You can support us directly by signing up at

Thanks to the following Patrons for their generous monthly contributions that help keep Crash Course free for everyone forever:

Alyssa Nolden, Mark, SR Foxley, Kristina Lavoie, Sandra Aft, Eric Kitchen, Simun Niclasen, Eric Knight, Ian Dundore, Brian Thomas Gossett, Nicholas Bury, Daniel Baulig, Jessica Wode, Moritz Schmidt, Caleb Weeks, Tim Curwick, Alex S, Brian Roberds, Mayumi Maeda, Jeffrey Thompson, Montather, Noora Althani, Steve Marshall, Kathy & Tim philip, Robert Kunz, Jason A Saslow, Jirat, Jacob Ash, Christy Huddleston, and Chris Peters.

Want to find Crash Course elsewhere on the internet?
Facebook – …
Twitter –
Tumblr –
Support Crash Course on Patreon:

CC Kids:

20 Comments

  1. So basically what it was companies were competing against each other for money and they just rushed the production of new games since they rushed it against didn’t meet the expectations of players

  2. when I was Your Age … our controllers only had 1 fire button … and we were grateful to have it

  3. ET is not terrible, the licensing deal they made was terrible. The game is pretty good. Considering the short development time, that game is probably one of the best produced in so short a time. Quit perpetuating the ET is a bad game myth.

  4. 1980s gamers: We want a real challenge

    Flappy Bird enter the chat

  5. That Commodore 64 looks more like a Commodore ViC-20. It has a white case while the C64 was more brown.

  6. Surprisingly interesting and unexpected course. Unfortunately it doesn't cover ZX Spectrum games. Thank you, Crash Course!

  7. This is like an anthem for the modern gaming industry!

  8. I teach a middle school video game coding class. These videos are great. Any chance you'll be updating or adding more? Thanks.

  9. A mobile gaming crash can't happen soon enough!

  10. There were a lot of gaming consoles and I had a fair share. The atari, coleco vision, commodore vic 20 and the shared a lot of games. I remember going to the odd lots stores and buying many for a $1. I got tired of it all but the nes renewed my interest again in 1988. Later in 1992 I became a pc gamer.

  11. you guys must thank to me, this video games today are pretty tough!
    if I weren't made, video games soon to be DEAD

  12. im 12
    i know the old days lel bout eletronics
    doom
    dos
    windows
    blah blah blah you get it

  13. Well well well here we are going into 2019 and I can see another one happening soon with all these damn trash micro transactions and trash games and people are finally speaking with their wallet. And finally standing up to these greedy devs.

  14. Good video but you UNDERESTIMATE the power of the 8 bit computers. In 83 and 84 consoles were struggling but the good ol Commodore 64 was THRIVING and that was HERE in the US!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *