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30 years on, do you think the Gaming crash of 1983 could happen again?

#31NingishzidaPosted 9/30/2013 3:53:22 PM
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#32DexterTheThirdPosted 9/30/2013 3:50:12 PM
The gaming market of the early 80s was filled with imperfect information and no quality control - there literally was no way to tell whether the game you bought at the store was gold or junk, and rogue programmers were rampant in their ploy to ream you for easy bucks.

We have too much information on whether a game is good or bad these days, with review sites and user feedback. Companies may rise and fall, but the industry itself is big enough to survive.
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#33Fou LuPosted 9/30/2013 3:51:25 PM
DerPancake posted...
As long as there 3 big console manufacturers it won't, and probably Nintendo will stop being one of them soon.


Nope. Sony and Microsoft could both fall (Sony being on the verge of it), and the PC will always be there. They were still making games on computer after Atari went belly-up, and with Valve getting into the market, it pretty much guarantees PC will never die when it comes to gaming.
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#34NicodimusPosted 9/30/2013 3:53:42 PM
Kageblade23 posted...
cuteboi100 posted...
Knight2520 posted...
Gojak_v3 posted...
They are bigger than movies now.


They're not quite that big, but they're not small either.


Not that big? When was the last time you saw a movie make $800m on its first day?


movies don't cost as much as video games do 15$ 60$ per unit/ticket sold that's hardly a fair comparisson


If you're going to make that argument, then far more people can afford to go see a cheap $15 movie than buy a $60 game, so it's totally fair to count the dollar amount.
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#35vind3dPosted 9/30/2013 3:54:08 PM
Actually things might have come close to crashing in Nov 2013. Just think what would have happened if MS has not changed it's initial policies for the XBoxOne and Sony had adopted a similar policy for the PS4! O.O;
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#36NingishzidaPosted 9/30/2013 3:57:11 PM
the taste of gamers crashed about 10 years ago

games will remain in this sad state for another 10 years, until non-traditional gaming demographics get up to speed with young Western men to whom games have been made by and for since the beginning.

in the meantime, i am supplied with a seemingly limitless supply of games/gamers to mock for dire lack of sophistication, blatant gender, ethnic and sexual orientation pandering (ie, sucking up to max profits/ meeting political lobbyist quota content), and overall casualness and insipidity
#37Gandalf the IstariPosted 9/30/2013 4:00:47 PM
DerPancake posted...
As long as there 3 big console manufacturers it won't, and probably Nintendo will stop being one of them soon.


You're not allowed to have an opinion any more because your understanding of finance and reality is too poor for you to contribute.
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#38DarkGam3rPosted 9/30/2013 4:03:29 PM
For as long as parents give games to children, a crash won't happen. (Adults aren't the majority of gamers.)

Once kids' games reach an all time low, word will spread that videogames don't deliver what they promise; fun.
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#39Motobug321Posted 9/30/2013 4:08:31 PM
I think, if another crash happens, it'll happen because of the ridiculously over-sized budgets these companies are using (and going bankrupt on) to make games with.
#40KillerTrufflePosted 9/30/2013 4:16:49 PM
Like I said - any sort of crash that may come will be mitigated by indie developers. And in those cases, PC gaming is actually set to survive FAR more easily than consoles.
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