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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Documentary filmmakers digging in a New Mexico landfill Saturday unearthed hundreds of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial cartridges, considered by some the worst video game ever made and blamed for contributing to the downfall of the video game industry in the 1980s. The blog Hero Complex explained, "Despite its place on the list of Atari's all-time top-selling titles, this release is one of the most notorious games in 2600 history. Rushed into production after Steven Spielberg's movie became a box office sensation, the game was expected to sell many millions of copies, but sold just a fraction of that. The unsold cartridges were famously buried in a New Mexico landfill."


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#1 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-04-27 05:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

i have never played video games, old fossil that i am. i saw E.T. in NYC in the largest theater on the largest screen i'd ever experienced (also Close Encounters of the Third Kind & the first StarWars). When i think of E.T., i remeber Drew Barrymore saying her boyfriend watching it was, to her, very creepy. LiH (she had that creepy boyfriend then.)

#2 | Posted by kenx at 2014-04-27 09:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

I played this game a couple of times before realizing it was pure garbage.

It deserves it's reputation.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2014-04-27 11:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Come on...gotta have a video! Check it out about 1:30 in.


#4 | Posted by Pirate at 2014-04-27 11:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

I guess that some things buried should remain so.

#5 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-04-28 01:21 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Looks like snopes.com can update their "undetermined" claim on this one!


#6 | Posted by bartimus at 2014-04-28 11:14 AM | Reply | Flag:


That was brutal. The game clearly deserves its reputation.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-04-28 11:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

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