Long before Xbox, Playstation or even Nintendo arrived on the scene there was Atari. Back in the late 1970s, Atari was the dominant corporation in the still fledgling video game industry and, despite only trading for a few years, it still managed to rack up some serious bags of cash.
However, things very quickly fell apart for Atari - and it's all thanks to one tiny little spaceman. Atari's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video game is commonly cited as one of the worst video games ever created. Not only was the game bad, it was often just downright broken. Atari, which had invested millions in the game and produced hundreds of thousands of copies, suddenly found themselves in the middle of a disaster. Their logical response? To simply bury the remaining estimated 750,000 game cartridges in the desert. Earlier this year, we heard how this video game tomb was eventually found, but now we've got a new documentary which shows this search. Titled Atari: Game Over, the Zak Penn directed feature length documentary tells of the downfall of Atari and that fateful E.T. game. Check out the trailer below:
Ok, so the documentary does look a little bit over-the-top, but I suppose it is quite fun way to represent what is a rather interesting story. Until the E.T. cartridges were found earlier this year, many believed that the dumping story was just an urban legend which had got out of hand. Hopefully this documentary will show the strange sequence of events that led to the bizarre decision.
Atari: Game Over is expected to release on Xbox on-demand video service, this fall.
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