I believe the answer lies with Miss Teen USA South Carolina, things suddenly become much clearer.kiwimike wrote: ↑Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:21 pmTheir baseball is 'World Series' too thoughThe Laird wrote: ↑Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:11 amIt was strictly a US thing, although it's amazing how many people thing it was a worldwide thing due to revisionist history and the arrogance of Americans calling it a "Worldwide crash"ncf1 wrote: ↑Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:55 pmI was just watching Chasing Ghosts again and realised the crash they mentioned that occurred throughout 1983/1984 didn't happen here (Australia) at all, in fact arcades flourished and more and more popped up, until around the advent of the PlayStation. Now my question is, was the arcade crash limited to the US? Did it happen at all in the UK? And actually why did it happen at all? Chasing Ghosts doesn't really give an answer, or maybe I missed it. Because games were just become more interesting, more exciting, rapidly improved technically, so why was there the very sudden closing down of arcades, did it stem from Atari? But as I said, I didn't see anything like that at all here.. arcades just got bigger and brighter, and there were more of them.
Yeah, we never felt the impact in NZ at all, except some of our US publications stopped turning up. Here it was business as usual, and ticked along, the Sega machines (Nintendo wasn't big in NZ at that time all that much in comparison) just taking over seamlessly from the previous gen which kept going without hitch. Of course, our market was a mix- US, UK, and Hong Kong clones all intermixed. Arcades still ticked along until the 90s when home games pretty much made them redundant sadly.
I do miss the arcades though. The documentary with Richie Knuckles documentary was good, in fact I have to watch it again, I thought he could have been on to something there but alas it too was short lived.