The 'Shroom:Issue LVII/A History of Video Games
The video game industry is one of the largest in the world these days. From big-buck consoles like the Wii and Playstation 3, to mobile devices like the 3DS and PSP, to games that you can even play on your smartphone. Games like Super Mario Galaxy, Angry Birds, and Call of Duty: Black Ops rake in millions of sales and billions of dollars. Dozens of gaming magazines, news articles, and websites (heck, even this one!) provide the latest news regarding your favorites. It would be unthinkable that this seemingly endless flow of money should end.
Too many games
E.T. is a charming and successful Stephen Spielberg movie released in 1982, and Atari soon received a license to make E.T. a video game. Unfortunately, in order to get the game out in time for the holidays, Atari had to develop, test, publish, and market a completely new video game in only six weeks. Yes, you heard me right: SIX WEEKS. Atari, learning zilch from their Pac-Man escapade, figured that E.T. would become a hit, merely because of the title. Well, gamers know a bad game when they smell one, and E.T. had the worst reek of them all. No sane person liked the game, not even the developers. Going into 1983, Atari had lost over five hundred million dollars. These bad games made gamers lose confidence in Atari and the video game industry in general.
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