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

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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.

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370 Comments

  1. Now theres gonna be another Video Game Crash because of so much hackers ruining the fun on our Playstation/Xbox/PC/Nintendo consoles. And I'm being Laughed at by my friends (Who are also Hackers) for still Playing 2nd-6th Generation Video Game Consoles.

  2. Despite innovating games,these have not prevented the crash

  3. i liked the part where you make a strange sound….ahhaha

  4. This is fabulous. As soon as I am able, I will contribute. I am getting caught up on whole sectors of the general life we have here on earth. Yay.

  5. can we bring back the achievement patches? cause that would be awesome!

  6. Donkey Kong's name origin is only… partially accurate. At the time Miyamoto didn't have the firmest grasp on the english language, and he wanted a name that conveyed something stubborn, foolish, stupid, etc. He wanted something like "Moron Kong" or "Dummy Kong", and thought that donkey meant something along those lines. The people he pitched the name to laughed and laughed at it, but they ended up loving it and it stuck.

  7. 4:47 Very nice touch putting Polybius "out of order" on the left there.

  8. Is it just me or is everything that led to the video game crash is happening right now

  9. nintendo love to learn back then… now they just do whatever they like…

  10. Hey Andre, im suprised there was no AVGN the Movie ref to ET since you made a cameo in it anyway

  11. They should bring back the patches that would be sick

  12. My parents just screamed at me and told me no video games or TV until I get my grades up so Im here, thanks Crash Course!

  13. 7:57 “…they had to compete against the Commodore 64 here”
    points to a VIC-20

  14. Did anyone noticed the Polybius arcade cabinet on the thought bubble?

  15. Ttttttttllllloiooooolllllllll crash bandicoot suck

  16. And Atari is still garbage to this day. Now their issue is not rushing products, but strangling people with their patents in a misguided attempt to hold on to their licenses. A lesson they "learned" from their early years with the Atari 2600. It has made them hated by the crowd of the older generation who should be feeling nostalgia, not dejection. This attitude has actually killed their games forever when they shut down sites dedicated to perseving games that they (Atari) can no longer afford to support with their meager budget.

  17. A contributing factor this video doesn't mention is retail glut. Retailers were massively overordering games from the manufacturers, who were required at the time to accept unsold returns and eat the loss. The smaller 3rd party companies simply couldn't take the hit, and the dominoes began to fall, beginning with Data Age (who deserved it) and eventually destroying companies like Imagic (who DIDN'T deserve it).

  18. Wow, being a kid in the 80's must be great. Top bad I was born some 30 years later.😞 Well at least we got better looking games and not as much craziness. Although I'd still kill to play all of the classics.

  19. My favorite arcade game is Donkey Kong.

    King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is the documentary that best describes Donkey Kong’s high score competition between Billy Mitchell and Steve Weibe.

    Who else has heard in the news recently Mitchell was banned by Twin Galaxies for cheating his high score on Donkey Kong using MAME. He’s not the ultimate arcade king anymore.

    Also am glad recently Nintendo has FINALLY put their arcade classics for download on the Switches “Arcade Archives” so now I don’t have to play the weak NES ports of Donkey Kong, Popeye, Mario Bros. anymore. Guessing Nintendo did this to finally fight off emulation of their arcade roms which have been pirated for around 37 years now. Although I still enjoy emulating Donkey Kong since I can’t afford a switch lol.

    Also am disappointed Nintendo has taken down major rom sites recently like Loveroms.

    Also think the ET landfill has been debunked, there was little ET stuff dug up so there’s little evidence for the former claims.

  20. Great clip. I grew up w/ the 2600 & ColecoVision. Owning them was a catch-22. It was more convenient to play than going to the arcade but the console versions of games weren't even close to the originals.

  21. your not funny. it so clear that your trying to appeal and your failing

  22. Lol I can’t believe you actually had a secret Easter egg that almost nobody knows about you showed your animation of the arcade but you actually put Polybius in it.

  23. When a slice of cheese is the first major video game character

  24. 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!!

  25. 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.

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

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

  28. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  34. 1980s gamers: We want a real challenge

    Flappy Bird enter the chat

  35. 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.

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

  37. 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

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