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Subject: The lull of video game culture in the mid-80s

Written By: yelimsexa on 11/08/12 at 7:19 am

The early '80s was the first time that video games became mainstream in the public consciousness, and arcades and early consoles such as Colecovision were all the rage. Then the Video Game Crash of 1983 caused the greatest depression in video game history, and it took a few years until Nintendo and the Sega Master System launched video games' 8-bit era, and it took a little while for Nintendo to really become a hot seller. There wasn't a big media campaign about Super Mario Bros. in 1985-86 since the industry was still reeling and people turned to things like action figures, cartoons, comic books, rock music, hanging out at the mall, stickers, cards, and some PC gaming. For those who could remember this epoch, did you notice the pause and was there also a slowdown at the arcades, and when did you feel that the 8-bit era had really become established?

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