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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bad Signs

So, I've been paying attention and doing some research, and also some remembering.  I've been remembering two singular events in US history, that may have just been related.

Now, its hard to argue the point anymore that video games are the high point of entertainment, and that they are usually the first things cut when people can't afford something new.  That just sounds like common sense.

But what happens when people can't afford things like video games over the course of  a long period of time?  The industry sags.  And that is exactly what happened in the early eighties in the US.  I think its happening again.  There are a lot of symptoms that match up, so you might not even expect.  A resurgence in PC gaming for one.  And the seeming "health" of the current gaming industry, where just about anyone can be a developer.  All of these are similar to the gaming crash of 82.