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Seb_01225
29-01-08, 20:10
i dunno if this has been posted or discussed before but i just found it really funny :)






Anyone who experienced the mind-cramping pain of attempting to play E.T. for the Atari 2600 knows that one of two things should happen to any copy of that game: it should be burned or buried. As it turns out, Atari opted for the latter...in a big way.
In early 1983, things could not have been going worse for Atari. The one-time king of the home video game consoles had suddenly found itself in enormous debt after a series of unfortunate events: competing systems from Coleco and Mattel were stealing market share, the new Atari 5200 was panned for being unwieldy, and low sales of its troubled Pac-Man port and its legendarily bad tie-in to Steven Spielberg's smash hit E.T. gave the software giant a black eye. As consumer interest waned, retailers returned boatloads of unused stock to an Atari warehouse in El Paso.

And by boatloads, we mean millions of games. So what does an ailing company do with roughly 10 million cartridges it can't sell to a disinterested customer base? How about poke around New Mexico for a suitable dumping ground and bury the problem altogether?
That's precisely what happened. According to the Alamogordo Daily News and confirmed by the New York Times, a city landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico provided the answer to Atari's cartridge conundrum. To be safe, they steamrolled the mound of product flat and, for good measure, covered the resulting game pancake in concrete.

Cochrane
29-01-08, 20:24
There's quite a lot of old computing stuff that never took off hidden in landfills. It's what Apple did with the LISA, their first attempt at a computer with a GUI, shortly before the Macintosh.

Obscure
29-01-08, 20:27
Maybe that explains why Lara is in Mexico in TRU.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and the Evil Ruins of Atari

PARANOIA
29-01-08, 20:34
Hot damn. This is bigger than Area 51.

Not really, I knew about this long ago. ;)

Natey168
29-01-08, 23:09
Heard about this like...um..It was so long ago I can't even remember. :p

MadCroy101
29-01-08, 23:13
We have an atari in our basement, can't play it though, dosen't work.

http://www.aeropause.com/archives/atari180.jpg

:p my console is way better than yours.

Larson_1988
29-01-08, 23:15
We have an atari in our basement, can't play it though, dosen't work.


Well, then you know where to dispose of it! :vlol:

MadCroy101
29-01-08, 23:17
Well, then you know where to dispose of it! :vlol:

Off course, my mom dosen't want to let it go. She thinks its a relic, she loves it, and me and my dad keep on telling her it won't work. She is a freak. :vlol:

viper456
29-01-08, 23:19
haha we actually covered this in one of our classes at uni the other week. I knew the E.T game was the worst game made and single handedly nearly destroyed the games industry but it was until I saw "gameplay" footage I realised just how bad it was :vlol: provided a good laugh for us all.

Reggie
29-01-08, 23:26
Would it be possible for a single game to cause that much damage nowadays?

Larson_1988
29-01-08, 23:29
:vlol::vlol: Is this the game?


Edit: removed because it contains swearing!

Evan C.
29-01-08, 23:34
Haha yes,and you can see why they buried xD

viper456
29-01-08, 23:37
:vlol::vlol: Is this the game?

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yup thats it, and its also the vid we watched haha its great (in a really bad way)

Reggie
29-01-08, 23:45
:vlol::vlol: Is this the game?

That's just bad on totally epic proportions. :yik:
Not exaggerating.

xMiSsCrOfTx
29-01-08, 23:45
That's weird... :vlol: Reminds me of The Hills Have Eyes, that crater they threw all of the tourists' cars in.

Lenochka
29-01-08, 23:46
What a waste :(
The game looked so action packed in the commercial :p
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Larson_1988
29-01-08, 23:47
@Reggie: Please remove the video from your quote. You'll see why in my post.

Reggie
29-01-08, 23:59
Done. :)

2kool4u
30-01-08, 01:09
xDDDDDDDDDDDD
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tombraider123
30-01-08, 01:18
The game looks terrible. I would love to play it just to see how crap it was lol.

Librarian
30-01-08, 01:27
xDDDDDDDDDDDD
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I will never complain about Crystal Dynamics again.

Holy crap o_O;;

2kool4u
30-01-08, 01:28
:vlol: See crystal doesnt make bad games :P

PARANOIA
30-01-08, 01:29
:vlol: See crystal doesnt make bad games :P

Back then the standards were much lower. Galaga was considered state-of-the-art. ;)

2kool4u
30-01-08, 01:35
im not talking about graphics, im talking about gameplay ;)

nick-xx
30-01-08, 03:28
I have see this new years before the game really suckedddd LOL.