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#46 - gustaviaable (08/01/2013) [-]
The third one is ******** . Atari did not dump all the unsold and returned E.T. games in a landfill in New Mexico. If that was the case E.T. would have been extremely rare and expensive but you can buy one on Amazon for only a couple of dollars. Atari did dump stuff on a landfill but it was only defective Atari merchandise. And E.T. is not nearly responsible for the video game market crash of 1983. What did cause the crash of 1983 was all the shovelware games that lacked quality and was produced in mass quantity flooding the market.
User avatar #52 to #46 - lorddarkskull (08/01/2013) [-]
Atari overproduced immensely due to the hype surrounding the game, and despite setting several sales records at the time, shortly after sales plummeted. and while that one game alone did not crash the industry, it was the straw that broke the camel's back, as many people first got an atari just to play this game, and when it failed people assumed that all video games were like it, some having tried a couple other games,the odds being likely it was another low quality one, and stores stopped reserving shelf space for video games within a year. In 1985 the NES was released in north america with the genius plan of packaging in the ROB to put the system in the toy aisle. Nintendo also would not let people just develop games during these days, this is where the nintendo seal of approval came from, you had to have your game approved before it could be sold, by doing this nintendo cleared out awful shovelware so the same disaster could not happen.
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