pacman000 wrote:Under: Atari 2600
I know this system has a lots of respect here, but on newer game sites it's blamed for the video game crash of 1983-1984, and that's all anyone remembers. That's so unfair. The 2600 was the 1st successful system with interchangeable media. That's a huge accomplishment. The games may have been simple, but they formed the foundation for other games that followed.
The games for the 2600 (and its immediate competition like the Odyssey 2 and Fairchild) are shockingly primitive from what most gamers under 40 ever experienced. The games are just a few kilobytes of data long, the graphics are just crudely suggestive of what they represent, the gameplay is a simple direction joystick and a single button, etc. Yes, most of us here can appreciate them (some because we grew up with them), but we should remember that its just we have drawn the line a rung up from many others. One rung down might be pong games, ASCII games, simple text adventures or early type-in BASIC games, which are often more primitive. Even the foundation laid by the Atari 2600 was not built on a vacuum.
As for the Crash, which happened 6 years into the Atari 2600's lifespan, had lots of contributors. Some of those issues - like spending lots of money for a license but the game not meeting expectations, or an abundance of low quality games due to a low barrier for entry, still remain.