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Wyrdness said:
HoloDust said:

Not really - ZX and C64 were kings of gaming in Europe in 80s, NES did start to seriously chip away that market, but I'd say that SEGA Mega Drive and SNES were what brought computer gaming to its knees in late 80s/early 90s...at least until PCs regained some of that lost ground later on.

NES didn't release in Europe until mid to late 80s with the earliest releases being in late 1986 with some countries having to wait until 1988 it's the platform that triggered computer gaming to struggle the late release in Europe was why computer gaming had a good stint as the were no active consoles around before NES after the crash it's only really in the UK where computer gaming continued to put up a fight.

It still didn't kill the gaming computer at all. After all, around the same time came the Amiga and Atari ST, and PC got more and more turned to gaming by getting EGA and then VGA graphics cards. Even Apple tried to woo gamers at the time. Germany and France for instance continued gaming on those machines and others (Amstrad/Schneider CPC, anyone?), and the tradition of computer gaming has survived to this day, especially in mainland Europe where PC gaming is still considered very big.

What it did, was bring in a new type of competition. But the NES (or consoles in general) had no chance at all to kill the PC gaming market of the time since they couldn't compete with the prices that were usual on PC outside of big boxes, especially cassette games were dirt cheap (10$ would have been considered expensive for those back then). Also, the PC had genres the consoles didn't have, or not in that form or size, like managerial games and adventures, both which got bigger and bigger in the late 80's and early 90's.

On topic: Where's Tetris???

Last edited by Bofferbrauer2 - on 09 July 2019