Rumored Buried E.T. Cartridges Found!

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28 Apr 2014, 7:57 pm

The landfill has been unearthed. It's no myth anymore. They found hundreds of E.T. videogame cartridges and even some manuals, cover art boxes, and an Atari Joystick.
Do you think we disturbed something by unearthing the very thing that nearly killed the videogame industry?
Was this a bad idea?
Would anyone want these cartridges?
Or was this some staged publicity stunt for Microsoft to promote TV programming on the Xbox One?
http://www.screwattack.com/news/microso ... -originals
http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidewalt/ ... -tv-shows/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericmack/20 ... nm-desert/


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28 Apr 2014, 9:43 pm

The reason the cartridges were buried in the first place was because the games were HORRIBLE. I played Atari as a kid, so I remember. Some people say E.T. was only bad because people didn't really know how to play it, but even then it was still awful and a painful reminder of how the 1980's weren't all smiley-faces and peace symbols. Or was that the 70's? Well, in Canada they were about the same. :lol:



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29 Apr 2014, 12:09 am

I wonder what will become of all those cartridges now?



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29 Apr 2014, 6:52 am

I liked that game as a child and even managed to finish it.

http://www.snopes.com/business/market/atari.asp



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29 Apr 2014, 9:02 am

E.T. was just one of many pathetic efforts by Atari to market a game sloppily made to pop culture.

They couldn't even produce the equivalent of Apple's "HiRes" graphics on the screen and made sloppy efforts at Raiders of the Lost Ark and Pac Man.

I couldn't believe the LINE for Pac Man which looked nothing like Pac Man...but people bought it. You had to scroll the screen to see the whole gaming area for heaven's sake.



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29 Apr 2014, 9:17 am

E.T. Gameplay

i have no idea what is going on in this video.


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29 Apr 2014, 10:38 am

You had to find the 3 phone pieces and have ET phone home and have the spaceship come pick him up. While doing this you fell down a lot of holes and got chased by a scientist and a government guy. Elliot was involved too but I forget what he did to help you.



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29 Apr 2014, 12:46 pm

Ok first off it did not nearly kill the gaming industry, that would be like saying if the next call of duty flopped it would kill the industry, neither of which is likely to happen. And it was buried for a reason: it was THAT bad. They should have never even dug it up.


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29 Apr 2014, 2:10 pm

modernmax wrote:
Ok first off it did not nearly kill the gaming industry, that would be like saying if the next call of duty flopped it would kill the industry, neither of which is likely to happen. And it was buried for a reason: it was THAT bad. They should have never even dug it up.


The gaming industry is still alive and thriving so we should be thankful, but yeah, I think they might have disturbed something by digging up this massive grave of bad games. I'm still waiting for the AVGN Movie where he reviews E.T. the game.


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29 Apr 2014, 8:35 pm

Myth.

They did not bury it because it was bad, they buried it because it was stored in the same warehouse as all the rest of their games, which outnumber ET carts by a huge amount.

But I guess their newspapers sounds more interesting with a headline like "FIVE MILLION COPIES OF THE WORST GAME EVER MADE FOUND BURIED IN THE DESERT".


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30 Apr 2014, 8:29 am

As I understand it, the video games market nearly collapsed around 1983 because people were fed up with shoddy (and expensive?) Atari games and stopped buying them. ET was the most high profile but I think Pac Man didn't sell as expected either.

I had Atari Pac Man and, while it was cool to have a Pac Man game at home it was nothing like the arcade version. I was very disappointed with it at the time.

I think they could get some of those recovered ET cartridges, seal them in transparent resin and sell them on eBay as novelty paper weights or door stops. I might even buy one :)



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30 Apr 2014, 7:13 pm

Falloy wrote:
As I understand it, the video games market nearly collapsed around 1983 because people were fed up with shoddy (and expensive?) Atari games and stopped buying them. ET was the most high profile but I think Pac Man didn't sell as expected either.

I had Atari Pac Man and, while it was cool to have a Pac Man game at home it was nothing like the arcade version. I was very disappointed with it at the time.

I think they could get some of those recovered ET cartridges, seal them in transparent resin and sell them on eBay as novelty paper weights or door stops. I might even buy one :)

why destroy them? why not put them in paperweight material but not destroy them in the process?



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02 May 2014, 9:33 am

This was a myth? I thought it was a fact.



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02 May 2014, 3:15 pm

TornadoEvil wrote:
This was a myth? I thought it was a fact.


It was an urban legend but now it has been proven to be fact.


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02 May 2014, 3:47 pm

I saw the gameplay video. Just... sheer lazyness.


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02 May 2014, 11:56 pm

TornadoEvil wrote:
This was a myth? I thought it was a fact.


It depends on which part of the story you're talking about, most of the "facts" surrounding it are completely made up.


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