ET Cartridges Discovered At Atari Landfill
Copies of the Atari 2600 cartridge game ET, the Extra-Terrestrial have been discovered at a landfill dig, which seemingly confirms an urban legend.
The discovery appears to prove that Atari dumped many unsold ET cartridges in New Mexico, after the game infamously flopped in 1982.
Atari paid millions to acquire the rights to make a game based on the Steven Spielberg blockbuster, but the subsequent product was mauled by critics.
Its failure has been blamed for the collapse of home console gaming a year later, which lasted until the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985.
Why am I telling you this? Well there is going to be a documentary shown exclusively on Xbox one about the dig. Directed by Zak Penn, writer for Avengers and X-Men 2. Should be worth a watch if you are interested in gaming history.
Posted on 27/04/2014, in News and tagged atari, avengers, console, documentary, et, exclusive, microsoft, ngxn, nintendo, Steven Spielberg, x-men, x1, xbox one, zak penn. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.