It's not all fun and games
Ever since Edison’s “little monsters,” technology and the toy industry haven’t always played nicely together. The Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES) in the 1970s ushered in a golden age of technology-based toys, with video cassette recorders, pong, digital wristwatches and the iconic Speak ‘N Spell bowing during the decade. The industry went digital in a hurry … until it didn’t. The great Video Game Crash of 1983 came and washed Intellivision and a wide swath of hand-held electronics and consoles out to sea.