Yeah I was really gonna say.. Not talking about arcades, but wtf consumer home video game market was there really in 1976 to even "crash" in 1977, aside from the pong clones?
Just look at any Sears or JCPenny christmas catalog at that time as those are generally good indicators of the flagship toys & products.
In the 1976 catalog it's a sad friggin single front page item next to a pleather jacket.
OMG! I have Almost that exact Jacket!!
I thought it was identical so I just looked...Nope! On mine the pockets are angled instead of straight...So close!
Anyway (and I could be wrong) but I think video games were a real esoteric, niche product at the time. Video game magazines were still years away. Sales went up and down the way they would on almost anything else...Model cars, for instance...And I'm not denying there was a crash, but other than this thread, I've never heard of one.