I was watching CGR's little retrospect on the Crash of 83 yesterday and it got me wondering if what happened to the industry back then was really as bad as people say. It seems to me that most are overdramatic about it. The market has gone through a lot of slumps in its history like in the mid 70s and early 90s, so was the "Great Crash" really a crash or just another slump no different than the others? From what I gather, sales of Atari games and consoles were on the rise in 84-85 and the industry was rebounding pretty well, but Nintendo swooped in and stole the market from under Atari's feet and smothered out any and all competition with the 3rd party contracts. I kind of laugh when people say things like "without nintendo, there would be no videogames anywhere ever." It would be interesting to see what things would have been like had nintendo not been so anti-competition.