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Lost and Found: Landfill of E.T. Atari games

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The story goes in 1983 Atari dumped millions of unsold E.T. game catridges in a New Mexico landfill after deeming them “unsellable”. Apparently the game sucked that bad. And finally after 30 years, the over 700,000 game cartridges have been discovered. And the best part of it all, Microsoft was there with cameras making a documentary of the full process.

 

The game was designed by Howard Scott Warshaw. The objective of the game is to guide the eponymous character through various screens to collect three pieces of an interplanetary telephone that will allow him to contact his home planet.

 

“The result is often cited as one of the worst video games released and was one of the biggest commercial failures in video gaming history. The game’s commercial failure and resulting effects on Atari are frequently cited as a contributing factor to the video game industry crash of 1983.” – Wikipedia

 

 

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