In 1984, an excess of low-quality video games being released caused the video game market to more or less die out, and it was not revived until Nintendo released the NES a few years later. While many gamers debate endlessly about what defines various "eras" of video games, most agree that one such era is the "pre-crash" era, including the Atari 2600, the Intellivision, and the Colecovision, as well as a number of more obscure consoles, and arcade games made before 1984.

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