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Atari’s ET game to be exhumed from the desert

Flop to be uncovered
Wed Jun 05 2013, 09:47

FLOP CONSOLE GAME ET will be dug up from the desert grave where it has spent the last 30 years.

The Atari game was a confusing stinker that didn't make people very happy and was difficult and annoying to play.

Although the ET film was a box office smash, the same could not be said about the 1982 Atari 2600 console game, and the firm that produced it was left with a lot of inventory.

The story has always been that the games were buried in the desert and that everyone walked away from the grave and wanted to forget about the whole experience.

Of course the story has never gone away, and the graveyard has become something of a holy grail for people that like crap games and retro feelings.

Games firm Fuel Entertainment has the green light to start digging up the desert and looking for the games, and although it isn't exactly sure it will find anything, it is happy to be giving it a go.

"ET was one of the first videogames based on a licensed property, and one of the earliest and most poignant examples of mass over-hyping in digital entertainment," Mike Burns, CEO of Fuel Entertainment told the BBC.

"With the city of Alamogordo's approval to explore the dump site, we're currently looking forward to moving further into the planning and preparation process. We don't know exactly what we'll find, but it's bound to be interesting."

The game discs are buried in landfill in New Mexico and have been covered with cement. This might make playing them even more of a challenge. µ


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