Music Game Meltdown - Page 5


Actual comic book ad from 1983

In hindsight, it’s easy to see that music games imploded in a very similar fashion to the video game industry in 1983. In both cases, there was a tremendous amount initial success. Atari made big bucks in the heyday of the VCS, as did Activision and MTV in recent years. But a flood of games, questionable quality control, and high-profile bombs doomed each company to failure, showing that history inevitably repeats itself. 

First let’s talk about over-saturation. In 1982, fifty different companies were producing games for Atari’s VCS. Hundreds of cartridges were on store shelves. Compounding the issue were releases for other systems or home computers. You might find eight different versions of the same game, for different, incompatible systems. It was tough to find exactly what you were looking for.


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