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Atari 2600’s E.T. comes home!

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Loosely based on Steven Spielberg’s film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 is considered by many to be among the worst video games ever created. Such a distinction arises from the painfully repetitive gameplay. The aforementioned includes E.T. jumping into open pits (i.e., in an attempt to locate the missing components of a phone to call home) and then slowly attempting to fly to freedom. Unfortunately, E.T. commonly falls to the bottom of the crater and frustration ensues. reported that Atari’s CEO exclaimed that most of these game cartridges were returned to the company and, for many years, a rumor persisted that Atari disposed of them in a New Mexico landfill.

On April 26, 2014, a documentary crew in Alamogordo, NM, uncovered not only the reputed E.T. games but, also, other famous titles such as Centipede, Space Invaders, and Asteroids to name a few. “Atari: Game Over” (current title for the project) is wrapping up production and is scheduled to air later in 2014 on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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