Video Games History Mr. Thomasson December 12th 2015 The Revival of Home Video Games: Japan’s Introduction of the NES The Nintendo Entertainment System was brought to the United States during an era where home video gaming was dead. There was no home video game console market at the time. As people were not buying video games or consoles at all. The Japan company took huge risk bringing their console into America. At the time American newscasters couldn’t even the name Nintendo properly. Nobody at the time knew Nintendo would revive the failing video game industry. rebirth gaming The fact the company wasn’t even American was also risky. The Atari wasn’t sold across different continent nearly as well as Nintendo began. The Nintendo Entertainment System made children and adults go back into gaming. At the time of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s release in America the disco era was coming to an end, and Jimmy Carter lost the election to Ronald Raegan. America’s drive to play video games fell as the Atari console crashed due to many reasons, most importantly lack of quality control in their video games. Consumers got bored of the poor build quality of the games especially ET which was made in a matter of weeks. At the time there was an influx of Atari consoles and games nobody would buy. The market for home video games was dead. Kids started doing other stuff like going to the movies. Many people thought at the time that video games was a trend that ultimately failed before the NES came out on October 18th 1985. The video games crash was devastating as many Americans lost their jobs and the economy dwindled. Although the game market looked dead in America it was well alive in Japan with the Nintendo company. Nintendo today is known as an over 150 year old company. The compny actually was first selling playing cards. Then, they started selling Game N’ Watch handheld
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