Carl Williams writes, "The video game industry had a crash in 1983/1984 that nearly ended our favorite pastime for good. During this period there were many gaming consoles available, lots of games and many developers that were popping up out of nowhere and just as quickly disappearing. It was a horrific time for fans of gaming that lived through it, I personally was really young and only noticed that games simply disappeared from stores like Safeway, Harvest Market and Thrifty and other discount stores like Payless (before they were strictly shoes). There was a time when you couldn’t shake a stick without hitting three or four stores in a small area that carried games, even many gas stations carried Atari 2600 and Colecovision games. Games were everywhere and stores were more than happy to put them out for sale. The problem was, there were just so many available that it was hard for stores to keep good games in stock due to the bad ones they got suckered into buying by an unscrupulous sales rep. This overabundance finally took its toll when gaming was viewed as heading into the mainstream and EVERYONE wanted a piece of it."