They found it. It’s pretty unusual to have an archaeological dig for something from mere decades ago, but…
They found it. It’s pretty unusual to have an archaeological dig for something from mere decades ago, but some of the rumoured-to-be thousands of unsold copies of “ET The Extraterrestrial” on the Atari have been found buried in New Mexico.
A production company working on a documentary film of the company have found hundreds of copies from the legendary cache, of a game thought of by some as one of the worst ever made.
Job lots of the game have already been ‘for sale’ on ebay. A seller’s note warns they “may contain sand.”
Was the game truly awful? One of our commenters certainly thinks so:
A quick glance at the game walkthrough provides further evidence. You do get the excitement of walking around a series of largely useless rooms. The game also contained unpredictable traps that were almost impossible to escape.
Movie tie-ins, in particular, have a particularly poor history, with hastily-cobbled together cash-ins being a particular bane of the industry.
If it were up to you, what video games would you prefer to have seen buried in the New Mexico desert? Share your suggestions in the comments thread, and we’ll post a selection above the line.
To get us started, here are a couple of suggestions from Twitter:
And here are some suggestions from Guardian commenters:
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