The 1982 blockbuster, E.T., directed by Stephen Spielberg accompanied by a gorgeous score from John Williams was a knock out success. To this day, the film remains a family favorite. What people do not remember, though, is that the electronics pioneer, Atari, in an attempt to ride the movie’s success, created a video game based on the extra terrestrial movie.
The video game was quite awful. The whole industry was new and, at that time, in its first slump. To hide their blunder with the quickly cobbled together E.T. video game, Atari decided to bury the unsold games in a landfill in the middle of the desert in New Mexico. By putting the game out of sight, they could forget the whole thing and move on. The game became and urban legend and many forgot it even existed, until now. Over thirty years later a documentary film crew, accompanied by a few hundred onlookers, is digging up the Atari cartridges. Larry Hryb, who worked on created Xbox with Microsoft tweeted “Urban legend CONFIRMED” as he watched at the dig site. He visited because Microsoft is one of the backers of this documentary so that they can offer it on their Microsoft Xbox Entertainment Studio. The documentary has a tentative title, “Atari: Game Over.”
However, this story goes far beyond E.T. The dig found many more games. It turns out that Atari discarded over 700,000 game cartridges in 1983 that consist of over 20 titles, and only a fifth of those are the E.T. games. Atari was struggling at the time in a market that had too many arcade games. Burying them was there course of action and with this dig and documentary, it is a myth no more.
from Douglas MacFaddin’s Video Game and Media Page http://ift.tt/1pX7xiv