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The Crash That Almost Was

January 1, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 129 - The Crash That Almost Was

 

We look at the crash that almost was.  Most people do not realize that in the mid nineties we came very close to another video game market crash.  A difficult transition was at hand as companies tried to figure out how and if they embrace the third dimension in video games.  Coupled with a declining arcade market.  New hardware costing twice as much, if not more than current systems many companies were on the edge.  The market forces between Japan and the US with currency exchanges ate into profit margins.  It lead to the deaths or decline of a few prominent companies.  Most notably SEGA, and Acclaim.  However because not just one major company was baring this the industry survived and continues to move forward to the present day!

 

Castlevania: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOTUVXrAOE8

Super Castlevania IV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd7P7niYimk

Super C: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-z8xXA_v8k

Contra III The Alien Wars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxJ5XbYWMpA

Super Mario Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6JjK04Pas0

Super Mario Brothers 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2LTcQwmOV4

Street Fighter II Turbo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otPC3_bL-4Y

Super Street Fighter II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezoa6sVVP7U

Final Fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKDNUKa68NI

Final Fight 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHk5JJ56v2Q

Castlevania X: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGQcMr2JGE0

 

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Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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