Terrible video games can draw the ire of fans - but sometimes they actually benefit the industry.
E.T. did not take down the industry because it was terrible. How could it? Nobody bought it!! It was a symptom of the crash, not the cause. They expected a huge hit based on the name, but they couldn't sell it, so they had to bury it. I think it was 2600 pac-man that did far more damage. That did sell well, and it was a horrible port. Anyway the real cause of the crash was that Videogames were a FAD then. They rose quickly and became cool, they fell just as quickly as many lost interest and they were no longer cool. After the crash the industry had slower, more sustainable growth.
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